Mount Currie resident struck by train 

Lillooet teacher facing child pornography charges

At about 4:40 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 2, emergency crews from Pemberton were called out to treat a 31-year-old Mount Currie man who was struck by a train near the Urdal Road bridge.

The victim was transported to Pemberton Health Clinic, and sent on to Lions Gate Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries to his abdomen and back.

The accident is being investigated by the CN Rail Police and RCMP, but so far no negligence on the part of the railroad has been found.


Lillooet teacher facing child pornography charges

Christopher Jon Banmen, a 47-year-old science and biology teacher at Lillooet Secondary, has been officially charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation and production of child pornography after RCMP executed a search warrant at Banmen’s home on Aug. 31.

Banmen is accused of assaulting a 16-year-old girl, and was found in possession of two photographs of naked teenage girls that were known to him.

Banmen has been released on bail, with the condition that he cannot be in contact with children under the age of 18.

The Gold Trail School District 74 also confirmed that they have sent counsellors to the school to talk to students.

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