Sentencing of former Sask. music teacher convicted of sexual assault delayed | #teacher | #children | #kids


Sentencing for a former Saskatchewan music teacher convicted of sexually assaulting students has been delayed.

Gerard Loehr, 57, was scheduled to be sentenced in Wynyard Provincial Court in January but the matter was adjourned to Feb. 22, 2021. The adjournment was caused by a combination of factors, including COVID-19 restrictions, Loehr’s trial in Ontario on similar charges, and the fact that the presiding judge comes to Wynyard court from another jurisdiction.

On the Saskatchewan charges, Loehr was arrested at his residence in Ottawa on Feb. 17, 2020, and brought back to Saskatchewan.

Loehr was found guilty in Wynyard Provincial Court on Nov. 13, 2020, on three charges of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference. The incidents occurred in the 90s when he was a band and music teacher in Wynyard and Foam Lake schools while he worked in the Shamrock School Division.

Five former students testified against Loehr during his July 2020 trial. They ranged in age from 12 to 14 at the time of the incidents.

Wynyard RCMP had launched the historic sexual assault investigation against Loehr in February 2019 after a woman reported an assault that occurred in the 90s. Five other women later came forward to police.

Loehr left Saskatchewan in 1996 and taught in Ottawa schools. In 2019 Ottawa Police Service charged him with sexual assault and sexual interference against 11 students. Ottawa Police say Loehr taught middle school level music in the west end of Ottawa and privately in his home.

ljoy@glaciermedia.ca

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter / Battlefords Regional News-Optimist



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