Peeping U.S. ski coach awaits bail decision in Vernon court

Jason Paur, 43, faces voyeurism and child pornography charges relating to an incident at Silver Star Mountain.
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VERNON - The Crown is asking that a U.S. ski coach facing voyeurism and child pornography charges be denied bail.

After several delays, Jason Paur, 43, appeared by video conference from Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre for his bail hearing. Paur was arrested Dec. 10 after a group of girls from a private school in Seattle discovered his video camera hidden in their room at Silver Star Mountain. The students were on a ski trip with Paur and other chaperones.

An ensuing U.S. investigation turned up more video cameras at his home in Washington State. Two tapes seized from his home allegedly contain video footage of former students. A third was filmed this past fall at the Bush School where he coached cross country skiing.

In Canada, Paur faces three counts of secretly observing nudity in a private place, one count of accessing child pornography, one of possessing child pornography, and three counts of breaking and entering a dwelling with intent.

During his bail hearing, Crown lawyer Margaret Cissell reasoned that Paur should be detained, while defense lawyer Richard Barton submitted that he should be released with bail conditions. Due to publication bans, further details on the hearing are prohibited. 

Provincial court judge Jane Cartwright said she needed time to consider the submissions. A date is being fixed for her to give her decision.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at, call (250)309-5230 or tweet @charhelston.

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