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A teacher who sexually assaulted a 6-year-old barred from the career


Key takeaways: 

  • ‘The message must be: You will never teach again,’ the law branch stated in the judgment against Alex Plehanov.
  • Alex Plehanov hasn’t had an education certificate since 2014 when he lost his licence over accusations of wrongly touching elementary students. 

A teacher barred from her profession after physically assaulting students: 

An ex substitute teacher in Coquitlam, B.C., has been barred from teaching for 25 years after he was sentenced to sexually assaulting a friend’s six-year-old daughter.

The judgment means Aleksandr (Alex) Plehanov, who is in his late 40s, will not be permitted to teach in the region for the remainder of his working life, since he will be in his 70s by the moment the veto expires.

“Those who sexually assault children pose a clear threat to other children.” Source –

“No child, teacher, parent, or member of the general public, would feel that our school system is secure if such individuals were allowed to have any kind of education certificate,” read a sharp judgment from the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch. Source –

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A BC teacher who sexually assaulted a six year old is banned from his profession for 25 years

“The message must be: You will never teach again.” Source –

Sentenced in 2017

Plehanov was convicted to six months in prison after being discovered blameworthy of sexually assaulting the girl in Surrey, B.C., in 2017. 

During a trial in 2016, the court heard Plehanov was with his friend and vast family on Easter Sunday when the girl misstepped and fell as she was stepping backwards. The decision stated Plehanov caught her, then sexually assaulted her just outside her grandparents’ home.

The defence argued Plehanov had just touched the girl to prevent her fall, but Justice Murray Block decided with the Crown and discovered what happened wasn’t an accident.

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