Husbands Trial Begins in Sussex County

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A jury has been selected in the trail of Edward S. Husbands, the former Assistant Principal at Bannaker Elementary in Milford, DE, 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.

At the time of the initial investigation, Milford School District Superintendent Phyllis Kohel stated that the district had cooperated with the Delaware State Police and that Husbands had been suspended with pay pending an investigation by the Delaware State Police. Edward Husbands is no longer the assistant principal at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School in Milford. Superintendent Kohel also stated that the Delaware State Police informed the district that in addition to the incidents happening outside the district, “no children within the school district were involved.”

Husbands’ trial is set to start Tuesday, May 24 as he faces a number of charges including two counts of unlawful sexual contact with a person less than 13 years of age, one count of attempted sexual contact with a person less than 13 years of age, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.