A principal at a Hamilton middle school has been charged with the sexual assault of a female student.

An investigation into the conduct of the principal at Ryerson Middle School was prompted on Jan. 8 after an incident that occurred during the 2017 school year was reported to police.

The incident involved a female student who attended the school, according to investigators.

Police said the 54-year-old principal was employed by the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) in 2003 and began working at Ryerson Middle School in September 2014. The Stoney Creek resident was assigned to home duties on Jan. 9.

After attending a police station in Hamilton on Tuesday, Damir Ivankovic was arrested in connection with the investigation.

He has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.

The school board issued a statement regarding the arrest on Wednesday.

“The safety and well-being of every student is of utmost importance,” the school’s board manager of communications and community engagement Shawn McKillop said.

“HWDSB staff know that it is important to all parents, guardians and caregivers to feel confident that children are well cared for and protected while they are at school.”

Ivankovic’s case is expected to return to court on Sept. 3.

Police said they are concerned there may be other victims and are urging anyone with further information to contact investigators at 905-540-6375 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).