Sex assault victims to receive $5 million in compensation
Sex crimes committed by Renwick Spence, seen here in an undated CTV Montreal file photo, will cost the EMSB $5 million.
Published Friday, October 11, 2013 7:18PM EDT
Eight male former students of Montreal West High School who were sexually abused by teacher Renwick Spence between 1967 and 1981 will finally receive financial compensation, as the Quebec Superior Court approved a $5 million class action settlement Friday. .
Spence taught biology at the school for 30 years and had a near-spotless record when he pleaded guilty in St. Jerome court to six counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency in 2006.
Spence, now 84, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison in 2007 and was released in 2009.
The settlement comes from the coffers of the English Montreal School Board, which was known as the Protestant Montreal School Board at the time. The school also changed its name, to Royal West Academy, in 1983.
Justice Michel Caron said that the $5 million would be split based on the number of claims filed.
The victims, whose identities have not been revealed, were represented in the class action suit by Lauzon Bélanger Lespérance and Trudel & Johnston.
The EMSB issued a statement denying liability but also apologized profoundly for the suffering of the victims.