A former Victoria teacher who had a sexual relationship with a student will not be allowed to teach in B.C. ever again.
Brent Richard Garraway was issued a lifetime teaching ban in B.C. after he admitted to having an intimate relationship with a student that lasted more than a year.
According to a consent agreement released by the BC Commissioner of Teacher Regulation, Garraway was the student’s soccer coach from Grade 10 until they graduated in 2005.
In the spring of 2005, while they were in Grade 12 and before they graduated, Garraway and the student became physically intimate and the student would “periodically” stay overnight at his apartment.
Shortly after graduation, Garraway and the student began a sexual relationship that lasted until December 2006, when the relationship ultimately ended.
The report does not mention the age of the student, but says in pursuing this relationship Garraway violated his privileged position of power and trust by exploiting the student, and harmed the student’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
It wasn’t until March of 2020 that the BC Commissioner of Teacher Regulation received a formal complaint about Garraway, who in August of that year agreed to stop teaching.
In early August, Garraway signed a consent agreement, released to the public earlier this week, in which he admitted to having a sexual relationship with the student and will now be banned from teaching for life.
The Commissioner, in the agreement, called Garraway’s behaviour a violation of his position of power and said the former teacher exploited and harmed the student’s physical and emotional wellbeing.