Vaughan hockey trainer charged
A male suspect formerly involved in Vaughan hockey has been charged by York Regional Police ( YRP) Special Victims Unit — Crimes Against Children Section following an investigation into the sexual assault of a male minor during the 1970s.
The victim came forward to YRP in January 2014 and reported that the accused had sexually assaulted him on numerous occasions.
The victim told police that the two had met when the victim was 12 years old while he was playing hockey in 1974. The accused joined the team as a trainer and befriended the victim.
The 67-year-old male accused has been charged with two counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency, said Const. Andy Pattenden in a press conference.
The victim reported that the accused offered to drive him home from the arena numerous times and sexually abused him on the drive home.
The victim also informed police that between October 1974 and March 1976 the accused took the victim on two separate trips to the accused’s family home in Quebec and the accused’s cottage in Huntsville.
The victim told police he was sexually assaulted by the accused on both occasions.
On June 14, 2016, the accused turned himself into police. The charges have been laid according to the Criminal Code at the time of the offences, said Const. Pattenden. Police have released an image of the accused and are encouraging any other victims to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit — Crimes Against Children Section.