A former Upper Canada College teacher convicted of sexually assaulting male students while they prepared for a science project was spared jail time yesterday.
Lorne Cook was instead sentenced to house arrest for abusing his "significant power in a way that violated the sexual integrity" of a 12- and 13-year-old boy by touching their genitals in 1991 and 1993.
The assaults occurred in Grade 7 science class while preparing for "mock kidney transplants," the same project that garnered him a Prime Minister's Award for teaching excellence in 1993. He retired in 1994.
"He is not a sexual predator," the judge said. "There is virtually no risk of Mr. Cook reoffending.
"His offences arise out of an error in judgment, and not for sexual gratification," Rosen said.
"He is embarrassed not only for himself, but for other teachers," he said
He was embarrassed???? what about those poor boys that he did his "teaching" to?