Disgraced native trainer granted statutory launch subsequent month – West Kelowna Information

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Bradley Furman

A former West Kelowna teacher convicted of having a sexual relationship with a student will be granted statutory release next month, after he’s been living at a halfway house since March.

Bradley Furman was handed a 38-month jail sentence in February 2020 after he pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation, attempting to pervert justice, and three counts of breaching his bail conditions for carrying on a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, even after he was initially arrested. With credit for time served, he was left with close to two years and three months left on his sentence

After serving 13 months of his sentence, the former Mount Boucherie Secondary teacher was granted parole in March, and he began living at a community residential facility – or halfway house. The location of the facility was not disclosed by the Parole Board of Canada.

But on Aug. 3, Furman will be released from the halfway house on statutory release. Inmates are automatically granted statutory release after serving two-thirds of their sentence, but special conditions can be placed on individuals after they are released.

In a recent Parole Board of Canada decision, the board imposed a number of these conditions on Furman’s release.

These include not being in the presence of any females under the age of 18 unless with an approved adult, no accessing the internet without approved supervision, no contacting the victim or her family and reporting any relationships with females to his parole supervisor.

Furman’s most recent psychological assessment from December 2020 found he was a low risk to reoffend sexually, although he was found to require a moderate need for improvement in the areas of “personal/emotional orientation and attitude.”

“During your incarceration your behaviour has been described as satisfactory,” the Parole Board said in its recent decision. “You are assessed as having high motivation and reintegration potential, and medium accountability.”

When released from the halfway house on Aug. 3, Furman plans to reside in the same area, although where that is remains unclear. He plans to continue working full time at an undisclosed job. Furman was handed a lifetime teaching ban earlier this year.

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