Trial date set former Shawnigan teacher

The trial of a former Shawnigan Lake School teacher has been set for April 2016.

Andrew Michael (Andy) Olson, has entered a not guilty plea to four charges of sexual exploitation, one of assault causing bodily harm, and one of child luring. His trial has been scheduled for April 7, 8 and 11 of next year.

The incidents that led to Olson’s charges allegedly took place between December 2014 and March of this year in Shawnigan Lake and Cowichan Bay.

There is only one alleged victim in the case, and the victim’s identity is protected by a publication ban.

RCMP began an investigation in March of this year, and Olson was immediately placed on leave from the school. According to a letter sent out by the school after the charges were issued in late May, he was no longer employed there by that time.

Olson was a senior history teacher at Shawnigan and chair of the school’s technology committee.

According to one online bio, he holds a BA in History from the University of Victoria and a Master of Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia.

Olson has served as a house director at the school, living with his wife on campus and looking after 55 male students.

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