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Teacher abuser
Jan. 7, 2005. 02:41 PM
 
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Former Upper Canada College teacher Douglas Brown is seen leaving court last September.
 
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Ex-UCC teacher gets three years
Douglas Brown, 55, was convicted of molesting boys at exclusive boys' school

FROM CANADIAN PRESS

A former teacher convicted of molesting six boys at one of Canada's most prestigious schools was handed a three-year sentence today.

"He stole from them that which can never be returned - their innocence," Superior Court Justice Harry Laforme told the court as he passed sentence on Douglas Brown.

"There must be a serious price paid for such theft."

Brown, 55, was convicted in October on nine counts of indecent assault in a case that has called into question the reputation of Upper Canada College, an exclusive private school known as a forge of the country's business elite.

He was found not guilty of two other counts of indecent assault, and a charge of gross indecency was stayed.

As part of his sentence, Brown must submit a DNA sample and be listed on the national sex offender registry.

Laforme had intended to sentence Brown last month, but said the "difficult and troubling" nature of the case demanded he give the matter more consideration.

The defence had called on Laforme to impose community supervision with conditions, while the Crown sought a total prison sentence of four to six years encompassing all nine counts.

Victim impact statements submitted to the court last month echoed testimony heard during the trial, detailing late-night visits to the dormitory where Brown, sometimes smelling of alcohol, would pull down boys' pyjamas and molest them.

The former students wrote of the problems they've carried into adulthood, including mental illnesses.

Some 30 character references written on Brown's behalf, by friends, former students and their parents, were also submitted to the court in December.

The criminal charges were laid in August 2001 after eight former students claimed they were sexually abused. Brown faces a second criminal trial on charges he molested another student.

An Ontario court had previously approved a settlement agreement between the school and former students who said they were sexually touched by Brown.

The settlement, reached in December 2003, allowed former students to receive counselling and to make claims for financial compensation from Upper Canada College stemming from a class-action lawsuit launched by a former student.

The suit sought $62 million in damages from the school and Brown and alleged that college administrators knew or should have known about the alleged abuse, yet failed to take suitable action.

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