Sentencing of music teacher for sexually assaulting former students delayed due to COVID-19

Sentencing for a former Saskatchewan music teacher found guilty in November 2020 of sexually assaulting students in the 1990s was delayed again.

Gerard Loehr, 57, was scheduled to be sentenced in Wynyard Provincial Court on Feb. 22 but that was delayed until April 19 in Yorkton Provincial Court due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements. 

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Loehr was initially scheduled to be sentenced in January 2021 but the matter was adjourned to February due to COVID-19 and similar charges against Loehr in Ontario.

Loehr was arrested in Ottawa on Feb. 17, 2020, and brought back to Saskatchewan to face numerous charges stemming from incidents that occurred in the 1990s when he was a band and music teacher in Wynyard and Foam Lake schools.

During a July 2020 trial, five former students testified against Loehr. They ranged in age from 12 to 14 at the time of the incidents.

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

 

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