Vaughan hockey trainer charged

Richmond Hill Post - - News -

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.

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