Chilli­wack youth coach charged with sex of­fences

The Province - - NEWS - HAR­RI­SON MOONEY hmooney@post­

A Chilli­wack man who has been in­volved with youth sports in his com­mu­nity since 2005 ap­peared in court Wed­nes­day to an­swer to sex­ual as­sault charges.

Richard Codie Hin­dle, 35, was ar­rested for of­fences dat­ing back to 2011, po­lice said in a news re­lease.

Hin­dle has been in­volved with youth sports in Chilli­wack since 2005, coach­ing basketball at el­e­men­tary and mid­dle schools, as well as a lo­cal leisure cen­tre. He has over­seen overnight pro­grams, camp­ing trips and a sports academy.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Hin­dle’s con­duct was launched af­ter sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions were re­ported to au­thor­i­ties early in 2016.

Hin­dle, also known as Codie An­der­son, has been charged with one count of sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence with a mi­nor, but po­lice be­lieve there may be ad­di­tional vic­tims and have urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.

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