A 43-year-old U.S. coach and substitute teacher faces voyeurism and other charges after a video camera was allegedly discovered Tuesday by female students in their hotel room at Silver Star Mountain Resort.
Jason Christopher Paur faces three charges classed under the general term of voyeurism, three charges of break-and-enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, and two charges of possessing and accessing child pornography, said Neil MacKenzie, a spokesman with the B.C. Criminal Justice Branch.
The incidents are alleged to have occurred Tuesday and Wednesday. Paur's first court appearance was Wednesday, and he's been remanded in custody to Dec. 18, which is set as a bail hearing, MacKenzie said.
"I can't really get into discussing or confirming information that might be part of the case against him," he said, explaining that information can't be released which would tend to identify the complainants and compromise Paur's right to a fair trial.
U.S. television stations KOMO and KING 5, and The Seattle Times are reporting high school students from The Bush School, a private school near Seattle, discovered the video camera during a weeklong, school-sponsored ski team trip. It was abruptly cancelled, and 11 students and three chaperones returned home on Thursday.
In a statement, the school said Paur has worked on and off at the school since 1996, underwent criminal background checks (as recently as 2011 and again Wednesday) that never revealed a criminal record and has been placed on administrative leave. Paur is the cross-county skiing and cross-country running coach as well as a substitute teacher.
"We were called by one of the chaperones on the trip to just say that students found a camera running in their room. I mean it is disturbing and troubling," head of school Frank Magusin told the U.S. news outlets. "We had no forewarning of anything. In fact, he has been a very popular coach among students and parents."
A statement issued by the school claims Paur owned the camera in the room. A chaperone alerted the school and Vernon RCMP, and separated Paur from the students.
"My greatest concern is for our kids and for their families. I think it is hard when trust is broken, and that is what this community is trying to manage right now," said Magusin.
The statement said the school has briefed and counselled the affected students and their families, faculty and staff, and students in groups and individually. The school's board of trustees also has been kept informed, the statement said.
Parents were advised and will be provided information to help them have supportive conversations with their children, the statement said. The school said it is co-operating fully with the investigation by Canadian and U.S. authorities.