Ottawa Educational Assistant Charged with Sexual Assault: Police Seek Information on Potential Nova Scotia Victims

An alarming incident has come to light involving an educational assistant with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). Kevan Henshaw, 32, has been charged with three counts of sexual assault against boys under the age of 14. The alleged incidents date back to September 2022, prompting an investigation initiated by the Ottawa police in November 2023.

Henshaw, employed on a casual basis, was arrested and charged on Wednesday. The OCDSB, upon learning of a complaint regarding his interactions with students in November, promptly suspended him from working in its schools. Legal proceedings and an internal investigation are underway, as stated by board spokesperson Darcy Knoll.

The seriousness of the charges has led investigators to express concern about potential additional victims. Henshaw faces charges of sexual assault, sexual interference with someone under 16, and luring a person under 16 via telecommunication. The Ottawa police, in collaboration with the OCDSB, are seeking information from the public.

Notably, investigators believe there may be victims not only in Ottawa but also in Nova Scotia. Henshaw had worked with youth in various capacities in both locations, prompting a broader search for potential victims.

Several institutions, including the Ottawa Catholic School Board and The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, have severed ties with Henshaw upon learning of the allegations. The police encourage anyone with information to come forward, emphasizing the seriousness of the charges and the need for a thorough investigation.

Your Legal Options After Sexual or Institutional Abuse

At Wagners, we’ve met survivors of sexual or institutional abuse who find it extremely difficult to share their experiences, even with a lawyer. We have a team that is professional and compassionate so you can rely on their experience to explain your legal options and provide the assistance you need to fight for your fair compensation. Abuse survivors can trust us to use the information they share to ensure the person or institution responsible are brought to justice. We take the time to evaluate the specifics of your case and advise on the best legal option to help you receive the monetary compensation you need to recover from the abuse you endured.

File criminal charges: If you take this option, you will not get monetary compensation. Investigations will be done, and the accused will be arrested if sufficient evidence is found. If the defendant is found guilty, he or she could face punishment like imprisonment.

Civil lawsuit: In this case, we pursue the case on behalf of the survivor in civil court. If found at fault, the assailant will be required to pay monetary compensation, which would assist the survivor to recover from the abuse.

Class action lawsuit: It is also possible to file a class action lawsuit against an assailant who assaulted several people. The group of survivors can come together to collectively file a class action suit against the person or institution that was responsible for the assault or abuse.

Regardless of when it occurred, if you have been the victim of sexual abuse by a teacher or school staff in the Maritimes, contact Liam O’Reilly and the team at  Wagners to understand your legal rights


At Wagners, we firmly believe that no amount of compensation can eliminate the pain and suffering that your assailant caused, but there is so much good that comes from a successfully resolved  institutional or sexual abuse claim. As a survivor, the monetary compensation you receive can assist you to recover from the abuse and cater to the medical costs involved. Holding the assailant accountable also restores your dignity and encourages other victims of sexual and institutional abuse to come out and seek justice as well.

The amount of compensation you deserve for your sexual or institutional abuse claim will depend on many factors. Some of these factors include:

  • How the abuse affected your ability to support yourself and make sufficient income
  • The type of medical treatment you need or you have sought due to the abuse
  • The personal or unique circumstances of your lawsuit

We know that sexual or institutional abuse is a terrible experience, and many victims usually have a heavy burden that they are likely to carry for a long time. For this reason, we offer reliable legal assistance that you need to get the monetary burden off your shoulders. Our main goal is to build a strong strategy and successfully fight for your rights.

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