John Douglas Hashimoto, 56, of Hamilton, is charged with enticing a child under the age of 16 and being invited to sexual touching, Halton Regional Police said in a statement Thursday. The statement said Hashimoto was with the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy, but the MLB team later said in a statement to CBC Hamilton that he was a former employee.
The statement said the organization is “deeply troubled to learn of the charges against a former seasonal employee, but as this is an ongoing legal issue, we cannot say more at this time.”
The Blue Jays said Hashimoto was a seasonal employee of the youth academy from 2006 until early 2020. Spokeswoman Jessica Beard said the organization terminated her contract during the pandemic.
As part of his job, the Blue Jays said, he underwent a criminal record check every two years and was last cleared in November 2019. The team also said the mandatory annual training of his Baseball instructors required staff not to be alone with children and youth. participants.
The Halton Police statement said Hashimoto’s qualifications include being a master developer and coach evaluator with Baseball Canada.
He has also been involved in youth baseball in Hamilton and is a retired Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board teacher.
Police said he used the David or David 46 handle online.
Hamilton School Board communicating with families
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) spokesperson Shawn McKillop said the board was troubled by the news.
In an email, McKillop said: “This is a concern for the safety of children and we support the investigation. ”
He said the school communities where the suspect taught will receive a letter “to reinforce the seriousness of the investigation.”
The council said it was working on:
- Billy Green Elementary School.
- Dr. JE Davey Elementary School.
- Queensdale Elementary School.
- Sherwood High School.
“We share widely with these schools (from newest to first hired at HWDSB) as our effort to support the ongoing investigation if there is anyone with more information,” McKillop said.
Police contact the public for information
Const. Steve Elms, a spokesperson for the Halton Police Department, wants anyone who has had contact with the defendants in recent years to contact them.
“We want to be able to provide support to these victims if they choose to come forward, and obviously we would like to be able to prosecute more charges,” he said.
“As a parent myself, you hate to see this kind of thing anytime someone is in a position of authority over a young person, to see that position of authority being abused. It is a tragic thing.
It is not known when the investigation began and when the allegations first emerged.
Anyone with information should call Det. Todd Marton at 905-825-4747 ext. 8983 or Det. Const. Andrew Hulbert at 905-825-4747 ext. 8974. Both are part of the Internet Child Operation Unit of the Halton Regional Police Service.