Algoma University Prof Facing Sexual Assault with a Weapon Charges
part-time professor in the computer science program
SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO ~~~~~ January 15, 2023 (LSNews) In the Media Release the Sault Ste Marie Police Service reported that on January 13, 2023, detectives in Investigation Services charged 56-year-old Michael Lajoie with sexual assault with a weapon.
On December 15, 2022, officers began an investigation regarding complaints of assault against the accused. Through the investigation, officers developed grounds to believe the accused victimized five people by assaulting them and striking them for a sexual purpose. None of the victims suffered physical injuries that required medical treatment.
During the time of the incidents, between September 2021 and January 2023, the five victims were students at Algoma University. From 2008-2023 the accused was employed at Algoma University as a part-time contract professor in the Computer Sciences program.
The accused is charged with,
• Sexual Assault with a Weapon x2
• Assault x5
The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing.
The incidents involved five university students and allegedly took place between September 2021 and January 2023, police said.
Lajoie has been a part-time professor in the computer science program since 2008.
As a result of the allegations, the university has suspended him from all duties and banned him from visiting the campus and contact with students.
If you have information about these incidents, or other incidents of the same nature, you are urged to contact Detective Sergeant Joe Addison at 705-949-6300 ext. 387.
You can provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 705-942-7867 or 1-800-222-8477. You can also click here to submit a web-tip or download the P3 app. Your tip to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and protected by case law, for more information click here.
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