A former Port Coquitlam teacher is on trial this week for an alleged sexual assault more than 15 years ago in Vancouver.
Russell Lance Read was originally charged in early 2014 with two counts of sexual assault and one count each of sexual exploitation, sexual interference of a person under 14 and touching a young person for a sexual purpose. Three of the charges had been linked to a PoCo file.
Read recently served time for other sex crimes involving young people.
In the spring of 2013, he was sentenced to two and a half years in jail; 18 months for offences that occurred from July 1998 to February 2000 in Coquitlam, Victoria, Ladner and Vancouver, followed by 12 months for crimes involving a second victim and dating back to January 2001 to June 2003 in Coquitlam.
Another 12-month sentence was to be served concurrently for administering an overpowering drug with intent to commit sexual exploitation.
Read's last teaching position was from 1996 to 2004 at Citadel middle school in PoCo, where he taught computers and coached rugby and volleyball. He also worked with the choir.
The B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch suspended him from teaching in 2009 and he was given a 10-year ban from re-certifying.
Read's conduct was also investigated in 2008, for incidents between 2002 and 2004, including referring to students as "Grade 12 babes" in an email, and making inappropriate jokes; he acknowledged the actions constituted professional misconduct.
The trial in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster continues until Thursday.