A former teacher in the Greater Victoria School District has had his teaching licence suspended after he was sentenced for possession of child pornography.
Travis Curry Mitchell was arrested on June 9, 2020, when his cell phone and computer were seized and investigators discovered child pornography on the devices.
Mitchell pled guilty on April 29, 2021, then he was sentenced to an 18-month conditional sentence followed by 12-months probation on Oct. 13, 2021 for possession of child pornography.
The conditions of his probation include prohibition of contact or communications of anyone under 16, and he must be included on the National Sex Offender Registry for 10 years.
In a Sept. 25, 2019 newsletter from Hillcrest Elementary, the principal writes that Mr. Travis Mitchell is one of the school’s newest teachers.
Mitchell’s teaching licence was issued on Jan. 23, 2018 then was cancelled on Nov. 1, 2021.
In a ruling by a commissioner for the British Columbia Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, the commissioner writes that Mitchell agrees that the facts of the report are true.
The commissioner decides that Mitchell will have a lifetime ban on reapplication or reissuance of a teachers licence because he was convicted of a sexual offence involving the exploitation of minors for sexual advantage, he failed to maintain appropriate boundaries with a minor, and his conduct had the potential to undermine the public’s confidence in the teaching profession.