Minor hockey coach charged with luring a child, sexual exploitation
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.
The Frank Lacroix Arena in Beacon Hill on June 12, 2016.