A former Shawnigan Lake teacher charged with having sex with a student learned his fate in a Duncan courtroom Wednesday. Andrew Olson was found guilty on 5 of the six charges against him.
The former teacher lived and worked at prestigious Shawnigan Lake private school when the alleged offences with a 17 year old girl took place and the judge decided he did use his position of authority to lure and seduce the girl.
Once a revered teacher, Andy Olsen rushed from court Wednesday a guilty man.
“I think it just reiterates the fact that teachers are in a position of trust when you are working with children and youth you need to be very mindful of the position that you hold,” says Crown Prosecutor Leah Fontaine. “The power that you have.”
The former teacher at elite Shawnigan Lake School, Canada’s largest private boarding school faced six charges including child luring, sexual exploitation and abuse of authority and trust. Court heard they were all committed against one female student between 2014 and 2015 while he was a house director, a live in teacher at the school and she was a student.
Court heard she was a vulnerable girl, prone to anxiety who was 17 when the alleged incidents took place.
But Olson’s defense argued he did not know she was struggling emotionally, and that he had no direct contact as a teacher or coach with her to establish a position of authority over her.
The judge ultimately disagreed, convicting him on 5 counts, the only acquittal on the charge of assault.
“He was fully aware that what he was doing was wrong and that was made clear by his saying don’t tell anyone let’s keep this a secret. And it was black and white he said f this gets out I will get fired and lose everything basically. And he did,” says Fontaine.
The former teacher who was described as popular with students is no longer an employee of the school and is now separated from his wife. And he stands to lose even more at his sentencing. Mandatory minimum sentences mean jail time. Andrew Olson’s next court appearance is May 31st.