Mounties conducted a comprehensive investigation that included roughly 130 interviews with students, parents and staff members.
Police also interviewed all children in Epp's Grade 2 classes in the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years.
After reviewing the evidence, however, Crown counsel Wendy van Tomgeren-Harvey asked for a stay of proceedings and all charges against Epp were dropped.
But his case remained active before the nowdefunct B.C. College of Teachers, and its successor, the Teacher Regulation Branch, both of which have a different standard of proof from the courts.
"We are able to continue to consider the person's licence, and whether they should keep it or not, regardless of the outcome of a criminal case," BCCT registrar Kit Krieger told the Times in 2011.
After concluding an investigation launched in May 2012, the commissioner of the Teacher Regulation Branch proposed a Consent Resolution Agreement to Epp in July 2013. He signed it on Aug. 14, and won't be eligible to apply for a new teaching certificate until July 31, 2019.
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