Ex-ski coach’s sex trial de­layed

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

SAINT-JEROME, QUE. — A trial for a for­mer na­tional ski coach who faces dozens of sex-re­lated charges in­volv­ing al­le­ga­tions from girls as young as 12 has been put off un­til Thurs­day.

The 57 charges against Ber­trand Charest in­clude sex­ual as­sault and breach of trust and are re­lated to al­leged crimes against 12 peo­ple be­tween the ages of 12 and 19.

His trial was to have be­gun Mon­day in Saint-Jerome, Que., where Charest has been in cus­tody since his ar­rest in March 2015.

But a judge granted the three-day de­lay be­cause the ac­cused has new lawyers.

Charest, who worked with Alpine Canada’s women’s de­vel­op­ment team be­tween 1996 and 1998, was in the pris­oner’s box Mon­day.

The al­le­ga­tions date back to the 1990s and in­volve lo­ca­tions such as Mont-Trem­blant, north of Mon­treal, and Whistler, B.C., as well as in France, Aus­tria, New Zealand and the United States.

An­to­nio Cabral, one of Charest’s new lawyers, said the de­lay is nec­es­sary so he and an­other de­fence at­tor­ney can get up to speed.

“We came in late to the file,” he told re­porters. “We came in a cou­ple of weeks ago. And be­cause of the fact we were un­able to meet with our client on the dates we wanted to ... we needed a cou­ple of days more in or­der to get pre­pared to start the trial.”

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