West Vancouver independent school teacher facing child pornography charge

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2021-February-23

Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy

604.925.7348

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West Vancouver – On September 23, 2020, West Vancouver Police arrested a teacher from Mulgrave School in West Vancouver after receiving information that the man was in possession of child pornography. The man was released later the same day on various conditions, which included not to attend any location where children under the age of 16 frequent, or are reasonably expected to be, including parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, and elementary schools. 

In the weeks and months following the arrest, officers from the West Vancouver Police Major Investigations Team conducted a lengthy and technical investigation. As a result of the evidence they gathered, we have recommended one charge of Possession of Child Pornography, contrary to S 163.1(4) of the Criminal Code. This charge has since been laid by the BC Prosecution Services. 

 “Our investigators worked diligently to obtain the key evidence needed to recommend criminal charges against this individual,” says Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy. “We understand that this will be alarming news for the community. We want to reassure parents and students that the West Vancouver Police treat offences against children with utmost seriousness and that where evidence exists, we will aggressively pursue charges.” 

Charged in connection with this investigation is Luke Lawson, a 53-year-old resident of West Vancouver.

Mr. Lawson's next appearance is scheduled for March.