BC teacher loses certificate after having sex with former students

Jul 2 2020, 10:49 am

A BC teacher had his teaching certificate cancelled and is banned from teaching in the province for 15 years after having sex with two former students, according to a consent resolution agreement from the British Columbia Commissioner for Teacher Regulation (BCCTR).

In its decision, the BCCTR said the teacher – who is not named in the documents – was issued a Professional Certificate of Qualification in 1999 and was employed at a high school in BC that was also not named in the agreement.

According to the BCCTR, the teacher entered into an “inappropriate personal and sexual relationship” with an 18-year-old former student (referred to in the agreement as “Student A”) who had graduated and whom he had taught for two years.

The BCCTR said the teacher also entered into an inappropriate personal relationship with a 17-year-old, Grade 12 student (“Student B”) who was in one of the classes he taught.

“Weeks after Student B graduated, the Teacher gave Student B alcohol and initiated a sexual relationship with Student B,” the BCCTR said.

The BCCTR said it was this year that it entered into a consent resolution agreement in which the teacher agreed that his conduct constituted professional misconduct and agreed to a cancellation of his certificate of qualification and that for a period of
15 years he would not apply for a certificate of qualification, an independent school teaching certificate, or a letter of permission.

The BCCTR said that in determining that a cancellation was the appropriate consequence, it considered factors such as the fact that the teacher’s conduct “involved serious boundary violations: with two students at two different times, the misconduct occurred over an extended period of time, and the teacher was aware “that at least one of the students was in a vulnerable state.”