RCMP seeks additional victims of alleged pedophile

Penticton RCMP have arrested and charged an alleged pedophile.

54-year-old Edward Casavant - also known as Eddie Spaghetti - is facing ten charges related to child pornography and sexual assault. 

The allegations stem from incidents spanning a period of six years between 2008 and 2014.

Police say Casavant worked as a lifeguard for over 30 years in Summerland and used his position at a local recreation facility to gain access to school kids. 

"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." said Corporal Chris Manseau.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to report to police in their jurisdiction or contact Penticton RCMP.

The District of Summerland issued a statement Thursday saying they are "aware that Ed Casavant has been arrested and charged. Mr. Casavant worked as a lifeguard and aquatic centre supervisor for over 30 years. He retired in late 2018."

The statement goes on to say "The charges are extremely serious and unsettling, and we condemn the actions of anyone found guilty of such crimes. In the meantime, we must trust the justice system to undertake a thorough process."

Mayor Toni Boot states: “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. 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."

Boots goes on to say “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. Because the case is now before the courts, we are unable to comment further on the specifics of the case at this time."