Media statement regarding Maria Pantalone

    TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - I am providing this statement in light of the
misleading information that has been disseminated over the past few days
against Maria Pantalone.
    This past weekend, charges were laid against Ms. Pantalone. In this
highly unusual case, the charges were not "police initiated" but were based on
information from a person with a motive to fabricate stories against Ms.
Pantalone. In fact, this person has fabricated information in the past and is
also acutely aware that Ms. Pantalone cannot speak to the charges due to a
publication ban imposed by the court.
    Of course, she respects the decision of the court and will not violate
the ban. As a result, she is unable to defend herself, answer the charges,
correct the record or address the misinformation that has been circulated by
media outlets over the past few days. You can no doubt understand how
frustrating and personally devastating this has been for Ms. Pantalone.
    I am confident that these charges will not succeed in a court of law,
based on information I have received not only from my client, but from other,
entirely independent sources. Unfortunately, as a result of the complainant's
fabrications, Ms. Pantalone may have to go through the trial process in order
to have the charges dismissed.
    During this time, the Toronto District School Board has placed Ms.
Pantalone on paid leave, as is mandated by its policy procedures. Despite
this, she has received overwhelming support from the parents in her school
community. She is very touched by that support and hopes to return to her role
as quickly as possible.
    Michael W. Caroline is a Certified Specialist in criminal law, a
designation granted by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has practiced
criminal law for more than 30 years and holds a Masters degree in the subject.

For further information:

For further information: Mr. Caroline at (416) 203-2250

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