Parents Shaken by Porn Charges

For Immediate Release

PARENTS SHAKEN BY PORN CHARGES AGAINST WYNNE’S FORMER DEPUTY EDUCATION MINISTER 

TORONTO, JULY 8, 2013 

Benjamin Levin, 61, who served as deputy education minister under Education Minister Kathleen Wynne, was charged Monday with multiple charges of child pornography. Parent advocacy group Parents As First Educators President Teresa Pierre said, “It should be a surprise that any deputy minister of education could be charged with the criminal exploitation of children. But we’re not completely surprised since Wynne’s education ministry hasn’t shown the best judgment about children and education.” 

Levin was deputy minister of education from 2004 to June, 2009 and an advisor on Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne's recent transition team. Charges included making and distributing child pornography, counselling to commit an indictable offence and arranging for a sexual offence against a minor. 

“Parents will undoubtedly be questioning Levin’s role in the development under Kathleen Wynne of the radical sexual education program, which Dalton McGuinty had to retract in 2010 because it was so shocking,” Pierre said. “Parents were outraged that the curriculum would teach children in Grade 3 about homosexuality and gender identity, and would introduce the subject of anal and oral sex to students in Grade 7. Although he left six months before the publication of the health curriculum in January, 2010, since these programs take years to develop parents want to know what role he played in its development as the highest public servant in the education ministry.”

Finally, Pierre said, "Parents have been wondering why the Ministry of Education is engaged in the sexualizing of their children. From sex education curriculum changes and explicit class room materials seen in a Toronto grade school classroom recently, staff at the ministry and in schools have been showing very bad judgement for years."
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