Montreal professor charged with sex crime involving minor, police seek other victims

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MONTREAL — A Universite de Montreal education professor has been charged with a sexual offence involving an 11-year-old child.

Police in Longueuil, Que., south of Montreal, said Thierry Karsenti, 52, was arrested Feb. 23.

He faces a single charge of sexual interference and is due in court on Friday.

Karsenti, who is also the Canada Research Chair on information and communication technologies in education, allegedly committed the offence in 2015, according to a release issued by police.

Police said Karsenti also goes by the name "Thomas."

They said there could be other victims from a period between 2015 and 2017 and want people who may have information to come forward.

Karsenti has been suspended indefinitely from his role at the university, according to Universite de Montreal spokeswoman Genevieve O'Mera.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 4, 2021.

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