British Columbia

B.C. teacher guilty of 'sexting' with female student

A former Abbotsford, B.C., Catholic school teacher has been found guilty of charges related to sending lewd text messages to a student.

Convicted of invitation to sexual touching

Martin Careen was a soccer coach and teacher at St. Jean Brebeuf Regional Secondary School in Abbotsford. ((Wilson Wong/The Soccer Paper))

A former Abbotsford, B.C., Catholic school teacher has been found guilty of charges related to sending lewd text messages to a student.

Martin Careen was charged in 2009 with invitation to sexual touching involving a female student who was 17 at the time.

Careen, 51, had pleaded not guilty in the trial heard without a jury at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

During the trial, the court was told of a series of messages exchanged with the student, who cannot be identified.

"Can you crawl through my window? I will do whatever you want," Careen texted.

In another message, Careen said, "I want it to be first-class. First-class hotel, champagne and good sex."

Other texts the court heard were more sexually explicit.

Suspended during trial

Careen, a social studies teacher and soccer coach at St. Jean Brebeuf Regional Secondary School, had denied sending the texts.

The judge hearing the case acknowledged that the student participated in the conversation.

There were no allegations of physical contact between Careen and the student.

Careen was suspended without pay from his teaching duties by the Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese and will not be returning to the school system, said school superintendent Doug Lawson.

"Court cases, in particular this one because it's been so long, are never easy on anybody," said Lauson. "This has affected the whole school community."

Careen is scheduled to be back in court July 18 to set a date for sentencing.

With files from the CBC's Meera Bains

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