Steve Wallace—owner of Steve Wallace Driving School and former Mayor of Quesnel—has been accused of three counts of sexual assault based on recommendations from VicPD.
One count is from 2011 and two others are from 2021—Wallace has 30 days to appeal.
The fallout comes after an Instagram account, Wallace Driving School Victims, began sharing stories of alleged sexual assault by Wallace towards women and girls—some as young as 16.
The group has amassed nearly 2,000 followers and effectively become a safe space for alleged victims of sexual assault by Wallace. So far, there are a total of 15 victim’s alleged stories.
In the meantime, Wallace has a court date—the undertaking documents show a tentative court date has been set for November 25th, 2021—and as a result of these
accusations, ICBC has permanently suspended Wallace’s teaching license.
“Over the past several weeks, ICBC has taken direct statements from individuals who have made allegations of unconscionable conduct, including sexual harassment, against Mr. Wallace,” ICBC said in a statement.
“As a result of the findings of ICBC’s investigation, we have made the decision to permanently cancel Wallace’s driver instructor license.”
Not only that, but Wallace’s bylines with the Times Colonist have also been removed.
Aiko Oye, an alleged victim of Wallace, said she feels grateful now that charges are being recommended by VicPD and the pending court date.
“It’s been really amazing to see something being done about this, I feel grateful because I know this isn’t always the outcome,” Oye said.
“I’m hoping the charges stick, and if this goes to court I’m hoping it will give power to victims of similar cases, and let them know they don’t ever have to stay silent.”