Seattle coach sentenced for peeping on students during Vernon ski trip

Jason Paur outside the Vernon courthouse.

U.S. SENTENCE SIX TIMES LONGER THAN CANADIAN SENTENCE

SEATTLE - An American private school coach caught peeping on his students while on a ski trip to Silver Star Resort in Vernon was sentenced to eight years behind bars for what a U.S. attorney calls ‘every parent’s worst nightmare.’

Jason Paur, 45, was arrested in B.C. after several girls came forward to their chaperones about a video camera found hidden in their ski chalet.

Paur was extradited to the United States after 16 months in custody. A Vernon judge sentenced him to time served, plus probation for possession of child pornography and secretly observing or recording nudity in connection to the Silver Star incident.

This week, Paur was sentenced in Seattle court to eight years in prison for transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. He also faces 15 years of supervised release. 

In a release issued Tuesday, Feb. 2 by the U.S. Department of Justice, attorney Annette L. Hayes said the betrayal of trust was ‘every parent’s nightmare.’

“I commend the victims, their families and the school who have remained steadfast in the pursuit of justice in this case,” she said.

The investigation revealed Paur secretly recorded students while on the annual school ski trip in 2011, 2012, and 2013, states the release.  The camera seized in Canada contained images of students between the ages of 14 and 17 being filmed while changing clothes or after leaving the shower. 

In addition, Paur secretly filmed students changing while on a cross country running trip in 2012, and in 2013, and filmed a student changing in a storage room at The Bush School in Seattle. 

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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