Sentencing arguments for ex-high school teacher Tania Pontbriand begin

Sentencing arguments began in a Gatineau courtroom today for Tania Pontbriand — the former Rosemere high school gym teacher who was convicted of sexually assaulting one of her students about a decade ago.

Pontbriand was found guilty in January of sexually assaulting and sexually exploiting the male student while in a position of authority. She had first been charged in 2008.

The maximum sentence is ten years in prison while the minimum is one year.

Pontbriand arrived in court this morning with several family members and supporters, including her mother, who took the stand as a witness and told the court that Pontbriand's young children, aged 6 and 7, don't deserve to be deprived of their mother's presence.

The mother described Pontbriand as competent and loving, and suggested the loss of her teaching job, and the media attention surrounding this case, is punishment enough.

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