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Lifeguard sex charges

UPDATE 3:35 p.m.

The District of Summerland has released a statement calling the arrest of Edward Casavant “extremely serious and unsettling.”

The municipality says Casavant worked as a lifeguard and aquatic centre supervisor for over 30 years until his retirement in late 2018, around the same time police started investigating him for sex crimes involving minors.

“We recognize this situation is deeply upsetting to our community – to any community. It’s upsetting to us as well. We know people will have questions, and we will do our best to answer them when it is appropriate and when we have the authorities’ permission to do so,” said Mayor Toni Boot.

“Our focus is on ensuring those impacted by these alleged incidents get the help they need, and ensuring this sort of thing can’t happen again.”

“We want all Summerland residents and visitors to know that public safety, and particularly the safety and well-being of our children, matters most. We will do everything in our power to provide municipal facilities where people can feel comfortable, safe and free from harm or discrimination.”


ORIGINAL 2 p.m.

A longtime lifeguard with the District of Summerland has been charged with 10 child pornography and sexual assault charges involving minors, and police believe there could be more victims.

Edward Casavant, 54, of Penticton was arrested Wednesday and charged relating to incidents alleged to have occurred between 2008 and 2014. Police say they started investigating Casavant back in November 2018.

Police say Casavant, who also went as “Eddie Spaghetti,” was employed as a lifeguard for over 30-years, beginning in the late 1980’s. RCMP allege he used his position to gain access to school-aged children.

He also volunteered as a lifeguard at various local summer camps and other community events that involved children.

“While we have identified at least two victims, we strongly believe there are additional victims who may not have already reported, or may not be aware they are a victim. We are asking anyone who believes that they, or someone they know, had contact with Casavant to report to their police of jurisdiction, or to call the Penticton RCMP tip line at (250) 276-2177,” said Cpl. Chris Manseau.

Castanet has reached out to the District of Summerland for comment. An online recreation guide in 2015 listed him as a lifeguard instructor with Summerland Recreation. 

Manseau said Casavant's employment with the district ceased when the investigation started in Nov. 2018.

He faces the following charges. He remains in custody pending a court appearance Friday.

  • 2 counts of making or publishing child pornography
  • 1 count of importing or distributing child pornography
  • 1 count of possession of child pornography
  • 1 count of accessing child pornography
  • 1 count of secretly observe/record nudity in private place
  • 1 count of sexual exploitation of a person with a disability
  • 1 count of sexual assault
  • 1 count of sexual interference of person under 16
  • 1 count of Invitation to sexual touching under 16


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