Former teacher facing new sex assault charges

CJN Reports:

Stephen Joseph Schacter, a former teacher at two Toronto-area Jewish day schools, was re-arrested this week in connection with several new sexual offences.

Schacter, 55, was charged with one count of gross indecency, one count of sexual interference, one count of sexual exploitation and two counts of sexual assault.

Police say the charges date to the 1980s and early 1990s.

Schacter still faces a charge of possessing child pornography, for which he was arrested in December.

Schacter was a teacher at Eitz Chaim Schools between 1986 and 2004, an office administrator and supply teacher at United Synagogue Day School (now Robbins Hebrew Academy) between 2005 and 2009, and a private tutor from 2009 until 2011.

At a bail hearing earlier this week on the new charges, the judge ordered a publication ban to prevent the identification of witnesses and to preserve Schacter’s right to a fair trial.

Bail was set at $10,000. Schacter was released into the custody of his mother. Under the bail conditions, he cannot have contact with minors, among several restrictions. He is permitted to attend synagogue in the company of three adults.

He’s scheduled to return to court on March 17.

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