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December 12, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Coach at Seattle private school charged with voyeurism

A coach and substitute teacher at The Bush School in Seattle has been placed on administrative leave after he was arrested and charged with voyeurism and other offenses while on a school-sponsored cross-country ski-team trip to southern British Columbia.

Jason C. Paur, 43, was arrested Tuesday after the discovery of a video camera belonging to him, found by students in a room occupied by girls at the Silver Star ski resort near Vernon, B.C., according to a statement released by the private school and Frank Magusin, the head of school.

Paur was being held in British Columbia in connection with alleged offenses that occurred Monday and Tuesday, Neil MacKenzie, a spokesman for the provincial Criminal Justice Branch, said Thursday.

Paur was charged with three counts of voyeurism related to observing or recording individuals in a place where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy and to be nude. He also was charged with possessing child pornography, accessing child pornography and three counts of breaking and entering with intent to commit an indictable offense.

Paur, who has not entered a plea, made his first court appearance Wednesday and is scheduled to return to court next Wednesday. No bail has been set.

MacKenzie said he was prohibited from discussing details of the case, as did a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the agency that arrested Paur.

The Bush School, in a statement Thursday, described Paur as a cross-country skiing and cross-country running coach, as well as substitute teacher.

Paur was first hired as a substitute teacher in October 1996 and has worked periodically at the school since then, the school said. He has been coaching at the school since at least 2004.

Students reported the discovery of the camera to a chaperone, the statement said. The chaperone immediately reported the incident to the school and local police, and separated Paur from the students, according to the statement.

The Bush School was unaware of “any other incidents or forewarning of inappropriate behavior” on the part of Paur, who underwent criminal background checks as recently as 2011 and again on Wednesday that showed no criminal record, the statement said.

The statement said the school has briefed and counseled the affected students and their families, as well as faculty and staff and students in groups and individually. The school’s Board of Trustees also has been kept informed, the statement said.

Parents also were advised and will be provided information to help them discuss the matter with their children, the statement said.

The school said it is fully cooperating with the investigation.

Comments | More in Education, The Blotter | Topics: British Columbia, Criminal Justice Branch, The Bush School

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