A Teacher in West Kootenays has lost his teaching license after attempting to hook-up with a student through an online dating app.
In a consent resolution agreement with the BC Teacher Regulation Branch, Former Grand Forks teacher Robert Stevenson admits sending messages in January 2015 to a grade 12 student who was 18 at the time.
He says he was hoping to ‘hook-up’ with the student ‘discretely.’
According to the document, the student asked Stevenson if he realized they went to his school, to which he replied he did and that he “just took the risk to say hi.”
It says in ensuing messages, Stevenson “took the lead in a very sexually explicit exchange.”
That included him sending a shirtless picture of himself, a link to a restricted access porn site, and even shared graphic details of his own sexual experiences.
The following morning, after the student failed to reply to his messages, Stevenson apologized writing “I’ve disrespected you, harassed you, and put you on [sic] a very uncomfortable position. My actions weren’t ethical or professional.”
In June, he was placed on administrative leave, and in September he resigned.
He’s now barred from re-certification as a B.C. teacher for at least 10 years.