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Those who choose to work with young people do a great service for the community. However, they can also put themselves in position to be accused of inappropriate acts. Often, these acts are not reported for many years, which may make the validity of any such claims suspect. Nevertheless, police do take such allegations extremely seriously. An Ontario man who coached hockey for kids across two decades knows this first hand, as he finds himself facing accusations of sexual assault dating back many years.
The 57-year-old man was arrested recently after accusations of alleged assaults were made known. Though he began coaching in the 1980s, the purported crimes took place between 1992 and 1993. He stopped coaching in 1994, according to the Ontario Hockey Federation.
Police are concerned there may be more incidents that have gone unreported and are digging further into the career of the accused, looking for other potential victims. Though the alleged assaults reportedly occurred in Brampton, the investigation will shift to other communities were he coached previously. Police have charged him with two counts of sexual exploitation and an additional two counts of sexual assault.
Even if the accusations turn out to be unfounded, potentially irreparable damage can be done to a person’s reputation by sexual assault charges. However, anyone facing this situation should not be deterred from putting up a fight. Serious criminal cases require a well executed defence to stand a chance of success. Using the services of a dedicated and skilled defence lawyer may be a very good idea in a case like this.
Source: Toronto Sun, “Brampton man accused of sex assaults no longer coaching: Federation“, Kevin Connor, Feb. 24, 2017