Youth Organizer and School Employee Charged With Sexual Assault of a Minor

Youth Organizer and School Employee Charged With Sexual Assault of a Minor

Ryan Rutledge with the non-profit organization Community Connexions Network has been charged with sexual assault of a minor. A youth on May 30, 2022 made a complaint against Rutledge regarding a sexual incident that occurred in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. the RCMP subsequently charged him with sexual assault, sexual interference, and invitation of sexual touching.

The 28-year-old man accused, co-founded the Community Connexions Network Nova Scotia in 2018. The non-profit organizes and hosts before-and-after school and summer programs for children with field trips and activities. Rutledge performed the role of Volunteer Co-CEO and led a group of 12 to 14 staff members. Community Connexions Network has since severed all ties with Rutledge.

Additionally, Rutledge also was a non-teaching employee at Colonel John Stuart Elementary in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.  Rutledge has been placed on leave by the Halifax Regional Centre for Education.

At this time there are no police investigations related directly to Connexions. For many parents, this means having very difficult conversations with their children as they do not fully understand the situation.

Rutlege has since been released on conditions.(1)

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.


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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