Oshawa teacher charged with child luring

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Published March 16, 2022 at 11:58 am

An Oshawa-based teacher has been arrested and charged with child luring in connection to an alleged incident for 2016.

The Durham Regional Police Child Exploitation Unit launched an investigation in February after they received information about an attempted online luring of a child from Kawartha Lakes.

Joel Banbury, 44 from Scugog, was arrested on March 14 on charges of luring to facilitate the commission of sexual assault and luring to facilitate the commission of sexual interference.

Banbury is a teacher at Oshawa’s Coronation Public School in Oshawa. He also once taught at David Bouchard Public School in the same city and coached girls volleyball at a Durham-based club.

Banbury will remain in custody until a bail hearing. The charges have not been proven in court.

Durham Regional Police said they, “would like to acknowledge the assistance of the Canadian National and Ontario Provincial Strategies to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet. This project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.”

DRPS is working to ensure there are no other victims. Anyone with information pertinent to the investigation can call D/Cst. Powell of the Internet Child Exploitation Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5545 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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