Banneker Assistant Principal arrest for unlawful sexual contact with minors

husbandsMILTON – The Delaware State Police have arrested and charged the assistant principal of Benjamin Banneker Elementary School with unlawful sexual contact of three young girls in Milton.

According to Master Corporal Gary Fournier, on June 23, State Police Criminal Detectives were contacted by the family of a 10-year-old girl reporting that she was allegedly touched inappropriately by a friend’s father.

After a thorough and comprehensive investigation, it was determined that Edward S. Husbands allegedly touched the victim inappropriately as well as two other female victims while they were spending the night at his Milton home, police said.

Cpl. Fournier said, these incidents, which involved the 10-year-old female that reported the incident to her mother, another 10-year-old female, and an 11-year-old female, occurred on separate occasions dating back to December of 2014.

Mr. Husbands was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree unlawful sexual contact with a person less than 13 years of age, one count of first degree attempted unlawful sexual contact with a person less than 13 years of age, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child on June 25.

He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $108,000 cash bond. He was also issued a no contact order with the victims as well as any child under the age of 18 years old.

If anyone has any information in reference any other similar incident involving Edward S. Husbands, they are asked to contact Detective R. Truitt, Troop 4 Criminal Investigations Unit at 302-752-3813.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

“Currently, Mr. Husbands is suspended with pay pending further investigation by the State Police. We have been in contact with the State Police since Wednesday, and will continue to cooperate with them throughout the investigation. The only information that we have been given by the police thus far is that the allegations against Mr. Husbands occurred outside of this school district; none of our children were involved,” said Milford School District Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Kohel.

“Because of the sensitivity of this case, and in consideration of the victims, only limited information will be released,” Cpl. Fournier said.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1.  (1-800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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