Seattle private school coach facing child porn charges in Canada

Seattle private school coach facing child porn charges in Canada
SEATTLE -- A coach and substitute teacher at a Seattle private school was arrested in Canada this week after he allegedly surreptitiously videotaped students during a school-sponsored skiing trip.

Jason Christopher Paur 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.

Paur, 43, coaches the cross country ski team at the Bush School, a private K-12 school in Seattle's Madison Valley neighborhood.

According to a letter sent to school parents, Paur was acting as a chaperone for an annual school-sponsored ski trip to Silver Star ski resort in British Columbia.

Early this week, two students participating in the ski trip found a camera hidden in their hotel room that appeared to be recording them, according to the letter sent to parents. School officials learned the camera belonged to Paur, who allegedly admitted to putting the camera in the room.

Another chaperone contacted local police, who investigated the claims and arrested Paur. He is now being held in a Vernon, B.C. jail and will have a bail hearing on December 18, according to Mackenzie.

School officials say Paur "has been a popular, long-time coach" at the private school. In addition to coaching the ski team, Paur also coached the cross country team and served as a substitute teacher.

"We had no reason to be concerned about Paur's work with students, so we were shocked and surprised by the reports regarding this incident," officials said in their letter to parents.

The ski trip, which was supposed to take the entire week, was cancelled on Wednesday and the students returned home.