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Teacher banned from province

A BC elementary school teacher convicted for possession of child pornography has been banned from teaching in the province.

Timothy Ouellette was sentenced to four months in jail and five years' probation in September 2013.

The former information technology teacher in the northern Vancouver Island community of Port McNeill signed an agreement in early July with the province's teacher regulation branch, giving up his teaching rights.

Ouellette voluntarily agreed not to apply for any BC teaching certification and also acknowledged certification would not be granted in a document posted on the Education Ministry's website.

The part-time teacher was suspended by the local school board immediately after being arrested in March 2012, but he wasn't charged until seven months after Mounties raided his home and seized evidence.

At the time he was charged, RCMP told the board that police had no evidence to suggest that any children were victimized locally.

The Canadian Press

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