New videotapes emerge from teacher facing child porn charges

New videotapes emerge from teacher facing child porn charges
SEATTLE -- The local substitute teacher accused of surreptitiously videotaping his students during a school-sponsored skiing trip in Canada is facing troubling new accusations.

Jason Paur, who was a coach and substitute teacher at the Bush School in Seattle, was arrested in Canada last month after two students participating in the ski trip found a camera hidden in their hotel room that appeared to be recording them.

Paur, 43, is facing a host of criminal charges, including three counts of voyeurism, three counts of breaking and entering, a count of possessing child pornography and a count of accessing child pornography, according to Neil Mackenzie, a spokesman for the British Columbia Provincial Prosecution.

Court documents show the federal government raided Paur's Green Lake home after his December arrest and hauled off computers, cameras, phones and dozens of flash drives.

On Wednesday, the head of the Bush School, Frank E. Magusin, sent parents a letter telling them that Paur is now suspected of videotaping other students prior to the skiing trip.

"I learned from the U.S. Attorney that the Department of Homeland Security has discovered additional video tapes of students that were allegedly created by Jason Paur. Two tapes, each created prior to this year, involve students who are no longer at the school, and another was taped on campus this fall," Magusin said in the letter.

Magusin said Homeland Security agents searched the on-campus location where the video was shot and did not find any camera equipment.

In a second letter sent to parents Wednesday afternoon, Magusin said the families of the students who where videotaped have been notified by the U.S. Attorney's Office, but he warns that more tapes could surface as the investigation goes on.

"One of the most troubling and upsetting aspects of this situation is the uncertainty that exists while the investigation continues. Unfortunately, we do not know when the investigation will end, though we hope soon," he said.

Paur remains in jail in Canada.