A former lead teacher with the Toronto Blue Jays’ academy for younger gamers faces two fees involving sexual offences in opposition to kids.
John Douglas Hashimoto, 56, of Hamilton is charged with luring a toddler beneath 16 and an invite to sexual touching, Halton Regional Police mentioned in a launch Thursday.
The discharge mentioned Hashimoto is with the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy, however the MLB crew later mentioned in an announcement to CBC Hamilton that he is a former worker.
The assertion mentioned the group is “deeply disturbed to be taught of the costs in opposition to a former seasonal worker, however as that is an ongoing authorized matter, we can’t remark additional presently.”
The Blue Jays mentioned Hashimoto was a seasonal worker with the youth academy from 2006 till early 2020. Spokesperson Jessica Beard mentioned the group terminated his contract through the pandemic.
As a part of his work, the Blue Jays mentioned, he underwent a felony document examine each different yr, and was final cleared in November 2019. The crew additionally mentioned annual necessary coaching for its baseball instructors requires employees to not be alone with kids and youth individuals.
Baseball Canada imposes suspension
The Halton police launch mentioned Hashimoto’s credentials embody being a grasp coach developer and evaluator with Baseball Canada.
Adam Morissette, spokesperson for Baseball Canada, mentioned the group is deeply involved concerning the allegations and has suspended Hashimoto indefinitely.
“Baseball Canada will totally co-operate with any police investigation and encourage those that could have extra info to contact the Halton Police,” mentioned a launch. “Since it is a felony investigation, Baseball Canada won’t be offering any additional remark.”
Hashimoto has additionally been concerned with youth baseball in Hamilton, and is a retired instructor with the Hamilton-Wentworth District Faculty Board.
Police mentioned he used the deal with David or David 46 on-line.
Hamilton college board contacting households
Shawn McKillop, spokesperson for Hamilton-Wentworth District Faculty Board (HWDSB), mentioned the board is troubled by the information.
In an electronic mail, McKillop mentioned: “This can be a concern with respect to little one security and we’re supporting the investigation.”
He mentioned college communities the place the suspect taught will obtain a letter “to bolster the intense nature of the investigation.”
The board mentioned he labored at 4 faculties between 1987 to 2019:
- Billy Inexperienced Elementary Faculty.
- Dr. J.E. Davey Elementary Faculty.
- Queensdale Elementary Faculty.
- Sherwood Secondary Faculty.
“We’re sharing extensively with these faculties (from most not too long ago to first employed at HWDSB) as our effort to assist the continuing investigation if there’s anybody with extra info,” mentioned McKillop.
In a letter to households, the varsity board additionally mentioned: “In case you are a survivor of kid sexual abuse or sexual assault, keep in mind the abuse was not your fault and there’s no time restrict on reporting the abuse to police.”
Police attain out to public for information
Const. Steve Elms, a spokesperson for Halton police, needs anybody who’s had contact with the accused up to now a number of years to contact them.
“We would like to have the ability to present assist for these victims in the event that they select to come back ahead, and clearly we wish to have the ability to pursue extra fees,” he mentioned.
“As a mum or dad myself, you hate seeing this type of factor any time anyone is ready of authority over a youth, to see that place of authority being abused. It is a tragic factor.”
It is unclear when the investigation began and the allegations first emerged.
Anybody with info ought to name Det. Todd Marton at 905-825-4747 ext. 8983 or Det. Const. Andrew Hulbert at 905-825-4747 ext. 8974. Each are with the Halton Regional Police Service web little one exploitation unit.
Sources for sexual assault survivors and their households embody: