updates — March 16, 2022: This story was updated at 2:15 pm with additional information about the accused man’s teaching history.
An Oshawa vice-principal who previously taught at several elementary schools in Durham has been charged with luring.
The alleged incident happened in 2016 — investigators with the Durham Regional Police Child Exploitation Unit started an investigation in February of this year after receiving information about the online luring of a youth from Kawartha Lakes.
Police arrested Scugog resident Joel Banbury, 44, on March 16.
The Durham District School Board (DDSB) confirms Banbury was acting vice-principal at Coronation Public School in Oshawa at the time of his arrest — he moved into that role in January 2022.
Banbury previously taught at SA Cawker PS in Port Perry from 2003 to 2011, Oshawa schools Gertrude Colpus PS (2011 to 2012) and David Bouchard PS (2012 to 2018) and at Joseph Gould PS in Uxbridge from 2018 to January 2022.
He was also a volleyball coach for girls at a Durham volleyball club.
“We take it seriously when people in a position of trust and authority allegedly abuse this trust. When we were informed of the allegation, we took immediate steps to remove the individual from their duties while the DRPS investigation and response continues,” the DDSB said in a statement. “We are communicating directly with the school communities where the individual has most recently been employed to ensure that families are aware of this allegation.”
Staff from the DDSB’s social work and psychological services teams are available to provide support to students.
Banbury has been charged with luring to facilitate the commission of sexual assault and luring to facilitate the commission of sexual interference. He was held for a bail hearing.
Investigators want to ensure there are no other victims. Anyone with new information or who may have been a victim can contact Det.-Const. Powell of the Internet Child Exploitation Unit at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5545.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca.