Mi­nor hockey coach charged with lur­ing a child, sex­ual ex­ploita­tion

Fort McMurray Today - - LOCAL NEWS - VIN­CENT MC­DER­MOTT -With re­port­ing from Laura Beamish vm­c­der­[email protected]­media.com

A 31-year-old mi­nor hockey coach has been charged with sex­ual of­fences in­volv­ing a child.

Po­lice re­leased few de­tails about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but con­firmed in a Mon­day me­dia state­ment that of­fi­cers be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Fort Mc­mur­ray man af­ter a com­plaint was made to po­lice re­gard­ing sex­ual of­fences.

RCMP spokesper­son Cpl. Chris War­ren says the re­ported in­ci­dents al­legedly oc­curred this past year while the ac­cused was a vol­un­teer coach with the Fort Mc­mur­ray Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion. War­ren was not able to re­lease the ages of any mi­nors in­volved.

In a brief me­dia state­ment sent Mon­day, po­lice said “al­le­ga­tions of this na­ture se­ri­ously and con­tinue to make this file an in­ves­tiga­tive pri­or­ity.”

“Nec­es­sary vic­tim sup­port ser­vices have been made avail­able to those af­fected by this in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” the re­lease said.

In a state­ment re­leased by the Fort Mc­mur­ray Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion Mon­day even­ing, Travis Galen­zoski, pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion, said they we told about the al­le­ga­tions on Nov. 30 and “swiftly put a plan in place to re­move him as the coach of the team.”

“Our pri­mary con­cern is the safety and well­be­ing of our play­ers, the team staff and all our mem­bers who may be im­pacted,” he said. “We have worked with nec­es­sary part­ners, in­clud­ing the RCMP, to sup­port the vic­tims and all oth­ers who are feel­ing the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of this un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion.”

Steven Charles Adams has been charged with lur­ing a child, sex­ual as­sault and sex­ual ex­ploita­tion. He has been re­leased on bail and is sched­uled to ap­pear in Fort Mc­mur­ray Provin­cial Court on Jan. 9, 2019.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about this in­ci­dent or crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in Wood Buf­falo is asked to con­tact Wood Buf­falo RCMP at 780-788-4040 or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-2228477 (TIPS). Tips to Crime Stop­pers are al­ways anony­mous and can also be sent to tip­sub­mit.com.

VIN­CENT MC­DER­MOTT/FORT MC­MUR­RAY TO­DAY

The Frank Lacroix Arena in Bea­con Hill on June 12, 2016.

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