A former youth hockey coach who worked in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia has pleaded guilty to multiple sex offenses, including charges of possession of child pornography.
The allegation was announced Friday by the Port Moody Police Department, which launched an investigation into allegations against the former Burnaby winter club coach in September 2019.
“Numerous investigators worked tirelessly on this issue,” Konst. This is stated in a statement by Sam Zaharias. “The complex investigation spanned several provinces and states and found that more than 200 young people had been unknowingly exploited.”
The name of the coach could not be established due to a court-imposed ban on publication.
Police said he pleaded guilty to importing and distributing child pornography, possession of child pornography, telecommunications to seduce a child under 18, and extortion, which resulted in his being sentenced to 3.5 years in prison.
After the investigation was announced three years ago, the Burnaby Winter Club emphasized that it has strict coach hiring procedures that include criminal background checks and referral checks.
The coach was banned from the club’s premises after the allegations came to light, officials said.