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September 24, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Ex-coach at The Bush School indicted on child-porn charges

A federal grand jury in Seattle has indicted the former cross-country ski coach at The Bush School on three child pornography-related charges and a single count of transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity after he allegedly hid a video camera in the room of a female student while in a ski trip in Canada last December.

Jason Christopher Paur, 44, of Seattle, was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in December after the camera was found in the room of female students at a condominium at the Silver Star Ski Resort in British Columbia. The camera had been positioned to tape the girls dressing and showering, according to authorities.

Paur, 44, who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, remains in Canadian custody charged with voyeurism. The indictment indicates the U.S. will seek his extradition.

According to the indictment and other court records,  the investigation revealed that Paur had secretly recorded students while on the annual ski field trip in 2011 and 2012.

The camera seized in Canada contained images of students between the ages of 14 and 17 being secretly filmed while changing clothes or after exiting the shower.  The indictment alleges Paur used the pictures for his own sexual gratification, and transported the girls to Canada knowing he intended to take the videos, and then brought them back into the U.S.

Paur was fired from the prestigious private school, which formed an internal task force to review the matter. According to an email sent Wednesday to families, the task force recommended a review of risk-management resources and moved to create an awareness of the potential for sexual misconduct across the school, according to a copy obtained by The Seattle Times.

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