Thursday, July 28, 2016

Five months in jail for former Shawnigan teacher who had sex with student

A former teacher at Shawnigan Lake School has been sentenced to five months in jail followed by two years of probation.

In May, provincial court Judge Carmen Rogers found Andrew Olson was in a position of trust and authority when he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student at the boarding school.

Rogers convicted Olson, now 36, of two counts of sexual touching and one count of Internet luring and handed the former teacher three concurrent five-month jail sentences, followed by two years of probation.

“These are obviously very grave offences in that they involved a breach of the trust placed in Mr. Olson by his profession, his employer, the victim and her family,” Rogers wrote in her judgment.

“Moral blameworthiness is high, given the circumstances of the offence in that Mr. Olson made an active and considered decision to pursue a sexual relationship with the victim, knowing it was wrong both morally and criminally.”

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