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Vice-principal avoids trial

The former vice-principal of a West Kelowna secondary school has avoided trial on an assault causing bodily harm charge after agreeing to a peace bond this week.

Duane Thachyk, the former vice-principal at Mount Boucherie Secondary, was charged in November 2018 for the incident that allegedly occurred on Oct. 13, 2018.

Thachyk was scheduled to begin trial Friday, but on Tuesday agreed to enter into a peace bond, and the Crown stayed his charge.

The peace bond requires the accused “keep the peace and be on good behaviour” for a period of one year. A peace bond can also have other conditions as well, but the Crown would not disclose any additional conditions on Thachyk's case.

While the circumstances of the incident are unknown, bodily harm is defined in the criminal code as
“any hurt or injury to a person that interferes with the health or comfort of the person and that is more than merely transient or trifling in nature.” A conviction can carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail. 

Castanet learned the alleged incident did not involve any students.

Thachyk is no longer listed on Mount Boucherie Secondary's online staff directory. School District 23 Supt. Kevin Kaardal says Thachyk is still employed by the school district, but he couldn't provide specific details.

“In cases like this, people sometimes are on medical leave or sometimes they're on leave from the district,” Supt. Kaardal said. “We wait for processes to occur in the community whenever there's a legal concern, and then we also follow up with our own processes to ensure that student safety is ensured.”

Additionally, a former teacher at MBSS is awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty in March to sexual exploitation, attempting to pervert justice and breaching bail conditions.

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