Former karate instructor sentenced to 4 years in jail for sexual assault

Former Squamish karate instructor Shane Anthony Morrow has been sentenced on one count of sexual assault against a victim under the age of 16.  

Morrow, 41, was sentenced on Monday in North Vancouver Provincial Court.

Court documents show Morrow received a four-year jail term, a 10-year firearms prohibition, 20 years on the national sex offender registry, a 10 year prohibition from public parks and school grounds and will have to pay a $200 victim surcharge fee and submit a DNA sample.

The former head instructor with the Seiwa Kai Squamish Karate Association was operating out of the Brennan Park Recreation Centre, according to the association's now inactive website. 

On December 27, 2015, Morrow made his first court appearance on charges of sexual interference of a person under 16 and sexual assault.

Court documents say the offence happened some time between December 26, 2013 and December 26, 2015. 

A few days later, Karate B.C. announced the suspension of Morrow's membership from the organization after learning the nature of the charges. It has no comment on a the prospect of any future attempt by Morrow to seek membership. 

Morrow pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault on May 26, 2016, and was ordered not to have any contact with anyone under 16, unless accompanied by an adult.

The victim in this case cannot be named due to a publication ban.