Toms River, NJ – Kyle W. Banner, a 48-year-old history teacher from Ocean County, has been arrested and is facing multiple charges, including child endangerment and official misconduct. The arrest has sent shockwaves through the Toms River Regional School District, leaving administrators, parents, and students in a state of disbelief and disgust.
The allegations against Banner came to light on April 23, 2023, when administrators at Toms River Intermediate North received reports of explicit photographs posted on his public Twitter profile. Upon investigation, authorities discovered that Banner had taken the pornographic images within his own classroom at Toms River Intermediate North. Shockingly, students at the school had accessed the images on his Twitter account.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, in collaboration with the Special Victims Unit, High Tech Crime Unit, Toms River Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, launched a thorough investigation into the matter. Their efforts led to the discovery of additional evidence, including inappropriate photographs sent by Banner to a student via Snapchat in October 2022. Detectives also recovered numerous images depicting Banner engaging in sexual conduct with himself within his classroom.
Banner, a resident of Brick Township, turned himself into the Toms River Township Police Department on May 23, 2023. He is currently being held at the Ocean County Jail, awaiting a detention hearing. As a result of his arrest, Banner has been suspended without pay from his teaching position at both Toms River Intermediate North and Ocean County College.
The news of Banner’s alleged misconduct has left the Toms River Regional School District shaken. Superintendent Michael Citta expressed deep concern and disappointment over the incident, emphasizing the district’s commitment to providing a safe learning environment for students. The district took immediate action upon learning of the allegations, suspending Banner and reporting the matter to the appropriate authorities. Citta assured parents that measures would be put in place to prevent a recurrence of such behavior and offered support to anyone affected by the incident.
Ocean County College also took swift action, removing Banner from the classroom following their awareness of the investigation. Jan Kirsten, the executive director of college relations at Ocean County College, affirmed the institution’s full cooperation with law enforcement throughout the process.
Investigations into Banner’s online presence revealed that he maintained multiple social media accounts, some under pseudonyms, through which he regularly interacted with students. Detectives uncovered a LinkTree list that contained links to various accounts, including Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, OnlyFans, and a dating site. Authorities confirmed the presence of explicit photos on Banner’s Twitter account, which has since been deleted. In addition, TikTok videos posted by Banner showcased glimpses of his personal life, including his dog and cooking, interspersed with class-related content. Detectives discovered that Banner had engaged in discussions and interactions with students through the TikTok platform.
The Toms River Regional School District has a written policy governing staff’s use of social media, which explicitly outlines the parameters for teachers’ interactions with students. The policy strictly prohibits any communication with sexual content or attempts to establish personal relationships beyond professional responsibilities.
Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer urged parents to have open conversations with their children if they had Banner as a teacher, emphasizing the importance of creating a safe space for them to share their experiences. He also encouraged anyone with additional information regarding the investigation to come forward and assist in the case.
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Address: 495 Mantoloking Rd Brick, NJ 08723
Booking Number: 15-226267