Piano teacher charged with sexual assault

A 79-year-old piano teacher faces charges following the sexual assault of a Richmond Hill student that took place more than a decade ago.

Edward Luka of Markham was charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference after York Regional Police investigators spoke with a victim who came forward on Aug. 22 to report assaults that took place between 2005 and 2007. The victim was under 16 years of age during that time period and reports the teacher sexually assaulted her during the lessons, which took place in her home.

The accused has been released on bail and will appear in court in Newmarket on Oct. 18. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sexual Assault Section at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7071, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips or leave an anonymous tip at 1800222tips.com.

A sexual assault includes any non-consensual contact of a sexual nature. Police encourage victims to report incidents of sexual assault, including historical offences, as there’s no statute of limitations for sexual offences and offenders can be prosecuted well after the date of the occurance.

If you’re the survivor of sexual assault and have difficulty talking about it, you can report the incident online if you’re not in immediate danger, the person who assaulted you isn’t present, you have access to a private email address to which the suspect cannot access and if there’s no evidence – such as blood, semen or saliva – to be collected by police. Evidence can be collected for up to 12 days after the sexual assault has occurred.

If you’re not ready to report sexual assault but would appreciate support, contact York Region Victim Services (victimservices-york.org) or the Women’s Support Network (womenssupportnetwork.ca). Additional resources and information can also be found on the York Regional Police website (yrp.ca/en/services/resources/sexualassaultsurvivorsguide.pdf).

Image of Edward Luka from York Regional Police.

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