Aug 29, 2014
Hamilton Spectator By Rachael Williams
A Halton teacher has had his certificate revoked for possession of child pornography.
Trace Russell Teeple is no longer able to teach in Ontario after he was found to be in violation of the Ontario College of Teachers Act.
In September 2012, Teeple was found guilty of possessing child pornography in the 2009 calendar year.
He did not have his certificate revoked until May 2014, according to the Professionally Speaking magazine published by the Ontario College of Teachers.
“I guess they were really backlogged,” said Marnie Denton, manager of communication services for the Halton District School Board.
Teeple was sentenced to 45 days in jail and two years of probation in April 2013. He is also prohibited from using a computer to communicate with anyone under 16 for the next 10 years.
When the Halton board found out about the incident, Teeple was immediately fired from his position as a secondary school teacher.
“We were really surprised,” said Denton.
Teeple did not attend the disciplinary hearing, but evidence was presented that he possessed images depicting a person who was under the age of 18 engaged in “explicit sexual activity.”
“The member has exhibited such an insidious breach of trust that he has forfeited the right to be a member of the teaching profession,” the disciplinary panel said in their written decision.
Teeple got his teaching certificate in January 1987.
Attempts to reach Teeple via telephone and social media were unanswered by the time of publication.
He was one of three teachers who faced a certificate revocation, according to the investigation committee’s 2013 annual report.
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