Banneker Elementary Assistant Principal Charged With Sexual Contact With Minors


On Thursday June 25, Edward S. Husbands, Assistant Principal at Bannaker Elementary in the Milford School District, was arrested and charged with unlawful sexual contact of three young girls.

On Tuesday June 23, 2015, State Police Criminal Detectives were contacted by the family of a 10 year old female victim reporting that she was touched inappropriately by a friend’s father. Police state that after a thorough and comprehensive investigation, it was determined that Edward S. Husbands had inappropriately touched the victim as well as two other female victims while they were spending the night at his residence in Milton. These incidents, which involved the 10 year old female that reported the incident to her mother, another 10 year old female, and an 11 year old female, occurred on separate occasions dating back to December of 2014.

On Thursday June 25, 2015, Edward S. Husbands, 45 of Milton was arrested and charged with two counts of Unlawful Sexual Contact 1st with a Person less than 13 years of age, one count of Attempted Unlawful Sexual Contact 1st with a Person less than 13 years of age, and three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $108,000.00 cash bond. Husbands was also issued a no contact order with the victims as well as any child under the age of 18.

Husbands became assistant principal of Benjamin Banneker Elementary School in Milford School District in July 2014 after serving as assistant principal of Milford High School. Employed by the Milford School District for 14 years, Husbands taught social studies before he became an administrator.

Milford School District Superintendent Phyllis Kohel stated that the district has cooperated with the Delaware State Police during their investigation since Wedneday, June 24 and that they will continue to do so. Superintendent Kohel sent out a phone message on Friday afternoon to families with children in the Milford school district stating that at this time Husbands “has been suspended with pay pending an investigation by the Delaware State Police.”

Superintendent Kohel also stated that “the Delaware State Police has informed the district that in addition to these incidents happening outside the district, no children within the school district were involved at this time.”

The Delaware State Police are asking anyone with any information in reference to any other similar incident involving Edward S. Husbands, to contact Detective R. Truitt, Troop 4 Criminal Investigations Unit at 302-752-3813. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”