Coquitlam teacher loses license after sex assault

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A Coquitlam teacher who pleaded guilty to sexual assault in the U.S. has agreed to cancel his teaching licence, according to the BC College of Teachers (BCCT).

Grant Hoyme, who taught Grade 2 and 3 at Cape Horn elementary school, was arrested in Oregon while attending an education seminar in the summer of 2009. According to BCCT, Hoyme sexually assaulted a woman in the hotel where he was staying after climbing through her window with a plastic bag over his head. She reported the incident to police and in April 2010, Hoyme pleaded guilty to the charge of sexual abuse in the second degree. Hoyme received a sentence of 30 days in jail and 60 months probation, and was ordered to complete sex offender training and an alcohol abuse program. He agreed to cancel his BCCT certificate of qualification in June 2011 after the college found his conduct was contrary to rules that state educators are to be role models who act ethically and honestly.

Several media outlets had reported that Hoyme worked at Cape Horn elementary following his 2009 arrest but School District 43 would not comment on his work history.

Cheryl Quinton, the manager of communications for SD43, told The Tri-City News Hoyme no longer works for the district but said she could not give any more details, citing privacy concerns.

“I can’t talk about the timing of events at all,” she said. “When we are informed of anything, we do act on it. We work very hard to ensure the safety of our students.”

Quinton would not say when the district learned of Hoyme’s legal troubles.


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