Daniel Shaen Oliver facing one count of Making Child Pornography.
Parents are reacting with shock today after a teacher at their children’s school, EJ Dunn Elementary in Port Alberni, was arrested on child pornography charges Friday.
The School District was equally shocked when it received a call from the RCMP Friday.
“We were told he was under investigation, that he would not be reporting to work that day. We later found out that charges had been sworn against him” said Greg Smyth, Superintendent of Schools of School District 70.
36 year old Daniel Shaen Oliver, a grade 6/7 teacher at EJ Dunn and a married father of four young children is charged with one count of Making Child Pornography.
He appeared in Port Alberni Provincial court Tuesday where Crown Counsel read out the allegations.
They begin on May 30 when before going to work at school Oliver was allegedly on a home computer in an internet chat room communicating with who he thought was the mother of an 8 year old girl in Surrey.
Court heard that Oliver said he wanted to have sex with the woman in front of her daughter.
He allegedly acknowledged the girl was too young for sex but said she could be groomed.
He also sent the “mother” a picture of his penis and inquired the next day about what the young girl thought of it.
The “mother” he was chatting with was really an undercover police officer.
The courtroom judge Ted Gouge called the allegations “horrifying.”
Oliver stood in the prisoner’s box shaking his head during the proceedings while his wife sobbed in the courtroom gallery.
The School District sent a letter home to parents Tuesday saying “we are led to believe there is no connection between these charges and SD70 students.”
“It was quite shocking because to have someone in the school like that we need our children protected all the time that’s why we’re here right?” questioned one grandparent picking up her child from the school Wednesday afternoon.
“Certainly people are processing the information and we hope for a timely conclusion to the investigation and so we can all move on from it” said Smyth.
Daniel Oliver was released on $5000 bail, and has numerous conditions including a no contact order with anyone under the age of 16.
He is staying with his father in Port Hardy until his next court appearance July 13.