Michael Deeb was charged Thursday with one count of sexual exploitation and one count of sexual assault, his lawyer, Faisal Joseph, told The London Free Press.
“We haven’t been given any of the details other than we were told for the first time Thursday that the incident involves a complaint of a lady from 18 years ago. It involves kissing,” Joseph said - writes lfpress.com
The age of the complainant is unknown, but police suggested she was between 16 and 17 at the time, he said.
“My client is getting railroaded by the #MeToo controversy express,” Joseph said. “My client denies the charges completely and absolutely.”
The Ontario Provincial Police did not seek his client’s side of the story before deciding to have the charges laid, Joseph said.
“That’s unheard of,” he said.
The Free Press was seeking OPP comment, but had not immediately heard back from the force.
Fellow London lawyer Gord Cudmore has been brought on board as co-counsel while Joseph deals with health issues, Joseph said.
Deeb’s problems began last December, when Najwa Zebian, a London teacher, poet and social media star, made claims on social media that Deeb began harassing her in 2012 when she was a new teacher and he was a vice-principal with the Thames Valley District school board.
Deeb has denied those allegations.
The school board conducted an external investigation into their relationship. The probe’s findings haven’t been released to The Free Press, but both continued to work for the board.
After the allegations were made public in December, Deebstepped aside as vice-chair of the London police services board while the Ontario Civilian Police Commission investigated the allegations.