‘You will never teach again’ Sex offender gets lifetime teaching ban

Lifetime ban warranted, panel concludes

Following a 2017 conviction for sexually assaulting a child, Coquitlam substitute teacher Aleksandr Plehanov cannot be issued a teaching certificate for 25 years, according to a recently published decision by the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch.

Plehanov hasn’t held a teaching certificate since 2014.

In 2017, the school teacher was sentenced to six months in jail after he sexually violated a child placed in his care by the child’s father, according to the decision. The court prohibited Plehanov from any employment or volunteer work that involves being in a position of trust or authority for anyone younger than 16.

That conviction followed a 2014 incident in which Plehanov was disciplined for: “failing to maintain appropriate physical boundaries with female students in grades two and three,” according to the decision. Plehanov agreed not to apply for any kind of teaching certificate for three years in 2014.

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Aggravating factors

The three-member panel cited Plehanov’s “propensity for violating physical boundaries with young school age children,” as an aggravating factor. The panel also noted Plehanov had been charged and acquitted of: “sexual interference, sexual assault and sexual exploitation in 2010 and 2011.”

There is no cause to reduce the penalty, the panel decided.

“To reduce a penalty in these circumstance is like the old story of the man who kills his parents and then asks the court to have mercy on him as he is an orphan,” the panel wrote.

Reasons for the ban

In its summation, the panel emphasized the need to protect children and to the maintain the integrity of the teaching profession.

Ultimately, the ban of 25 years “amounts to a lifetime ban,” the panel concluded.

“Barring exceptional circumstances, the message must be, you will never teach again.”

Plehanov didn’t participate in the hearing nor did he file any submissions regarding consequences prior to deadline, according to the decision.

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