A former Winnipeg hockey coach has been charged with sexual assault and child pornography offences after two people came forward to report he assaulted them when they were in their early teens, Winnipeg police say.
Robert “Bob” Donald Joseph Dawson, 57, was also charged with sexual interference, sexual exploitation and forcible confinement, Winnipeg Police Service spokesperson Const. Dani McKinnon said at a news conference Thursday.
The survivors came forward in June to report the alleged assaults they say happened between 1993 and 1995 while they were players in the Assiniboine Park Hockey Association. The former players said they were separately invited to Dawson’s home, where he gave them money and alcohol and sexually assaulted them.
They told police Dawson coached their team and that the sexual assaults had been photographed and videotaped.
The Winnipeg police sex crimes unit executed a search warrant at a home in the first 100 block of Lake Park Drive on Wednesday and took Dawson into custody.
The investigation is continuing, McKinnon said. Anyone who has information or wants to speak to investigators is asked to call the sex crimes unit at 204-986-6245 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.
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Winnipeg police will make an announcement Thursday about a past sexual assault they say involves a former hockey coach, according to a media advisory.
CBC News will live stream the Winnipeg Police Service news conference here at 1 p.m. CT.
Police did not release any further details about the matter.
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