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Belleville teacher faces three dozen sex assault charges

Last Updated Feb 20, 2016 at 10:39 pm EDT

The OPP coat of arms, in Toronto, December 1, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/J.P. Moczulski

Ontario Provincial Police say a woman facing three dozen sex charges is a teacher in the Belleville area.

Police say Jaclyn McLaren, 36, also known as Jaclyn Jones, was initially charged on Monday in connection with allegations involving young people between the ages of 12 and 15.

Police say McLaren, who works for the Hasting and Prince Edward District School Board, now faces additional charges bringing the total to 36 counts.

They include sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, sexual exploitation, luring a person under 16, making child pornography and making sexually explicit material available to a person under 16.

She appeared in Belleville court on Friday and was granted bail until her next court appearance on March 31.

The school board released a statement that said it was aware of a police investigation involving a teacher and that the employee is not at work.

The board said counsellors are available at its schools to support students if needed.

The statement said no other information would be released, saying it’s a confidential employee matter and citing the police investigation.

Police say McLaren lives in Stirling, near Belleville.