Assaulted Students File Lawsuit

August 19, 2006

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PARRY SOUND – Three former Humphrey Public School students plan to hold a press conference in Barrie Monday to announce their civil lawsuit against former teacher and convicted sex offender Kenneth Bull.

Mr. Bull was convicted of five counts of indecent assault against males in 1978.

He was a teacher with the Parry Sound and Area School Board, now the Near North District School Board, in the 1970s. The school board is also named in the lawsuit.

At the time of the assaults, Eric Jalonen, Jeff Masson and Mike Tepfenhart were 10 years old. According to their lawyer Rob Talach, police interviewed the three men prior to Mr. Bull’s 1978 conviction.

They are each suing for $4.5 million.

“It’s always a real pipe dream put on paper. Really, it’s a maximum (amount),” said Mr. Talach of the amount asked for.

The three men are appealing to other possible former victims, or anyone with information about the incidents, to contact Mr. Talach of Ledroit Beckett Litigation Lawyers in London, Ontario.

Mr. Talach said that, based on other cases he has handled, known victims are usually just the tip of the iceberg of actual victims.

“I find that with most sexual perpetrators on young persons, there are usually a dozen or two dozen victims,” he said.

Mr. Talach said the plan is to serve the school board and Mr. Bull with the litigation papers on Monday.

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