|Heather Ingram promoting her book on the Oprah Winfrey Show|
Heather Ingram – the banned Sechelt high school teacher who pursued international media attention in the early 2000s by capitalizing on the story of the affair – has worked as an academic advisor at Capilano University’s Sechelt campus since 2014, a role that has raised concern among some in the community.
In 1999, while Ingram was a 29-year-old high school teacher in Sechelt, she began a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, which both say was consensual. Though the young man was over the age of consent, the affair was illegal because of their student-teacher dynamic. The following year, she pleaded guilty to one count of sexual touching a young person with whom she was in a position of trust or authority.
Ingram, reached by phone Wednesday at the office number listed for her on Capilano’s website, said: “I’m sorry, I can’t talk to you,” and referred questions to the university’s communications department.
Ingram joined the university’s Sechelt campus in 2013 and the following year she began working as an educational planning-advising officer, said Capilano spokeswoman Cheryl Rossi. In Ingram’s current role, Rossi said, she “advises potential students, who may be minors. She does not visit high schools on behalf of the university.” (more...)
B.C. teacher convicted in 1999 affair with teenaged student back working with minors in same community