Winnipeg highschool soccer coach and trainer Kelsey McKay faces two extra expenses associated to sexual abuse of minors throughout his time at Churchill Excessive College and Vincent Massey Collegiate.
McKay, 52, was arrested on April 12 and initially charged with 14 offences associated to the sexual exploitation of minors whereas he labored as a trainer and coached soccer at Churchill Excessive College and Vincent Massey Collegiate for about 20 years.
The complainants are 5 former college students on the excessive faculties.
Later in April, three extra complainants got here ahead, saying they’d been abused whereas McKay was working at Churchill Excessive College.
Yet one more former pupil has since come ahead with allegations, and McKay was charged on Wednesday with one other rely of sexual abuse and one other rely of luring a baby beneath 18, Const. Dani McKinnon from the police public info workplace advised reporters at a information convention Wednesday.
“[He] reported being exploited and sexually assaulted as a teen by the identical highschool coach in the course of the 2000s,” she stated.
McKay now faces a complete of 24 expenses:
- 9 counts of sexual assault.
- Seven counts of sexual exploitation.
- One rely of sexual interference.
- Seven counts of luring.
Not one of the allegations have been confirmed in courtroom.
McKay has been launched from police custody on a variety of situations.
All 9 victims are actually adults, however they had been minors after they say the offences occurred.
McKinnon did not rule out the chance that extra individuals will come ahead with the same story.
“This specific coach taught for 20 years … I definitely hope that is not the case, nevertheless it would not be stunning given the knowledge and the magnitude,” she stated.
The primary 5 complainants’ allegations are about incidents at McKay’s residence, McKinnon stated at a information convention on April 13, after McKay’s preliminary arrest.
McKinnon additionally stated on April 13 that McKay cast relationships with college students that had been past what is acceptable for lecturers and coaches, and that she wouldn’t be shocked if extra complainants got here ahead after studying about his arrest.
Ted Fransen, who was then the Pembina Trails College Division superintendent, advised mother and father by way of electronic mail on April 13 that McKay had been placed on unpaid administrative depart and wouldn’t be allowed on college property.
As of Monday, he’s nonetheless on depart.
Anybody with info that would assist investigators, or those that need to converse with an officer on the case, can name the intercourse crimes unit at 204-986-6245.
Police educating on sexual abuse in sport
Police have introduced a brand new initiative to coach younger athletes, mother and father and sporting organizations on methods to stop sexual abuse.
Officers with the neighborhood relations unit will provide displays on drawback behaviours amongst coaches in an effort to handle them earlier than they result in sexual abuse. They embrace:
- Having one-on-one digital communication with an athlete.
- Inviting an athlete residence.
- Being alone in a automobile with an athlete.
- Sharing a room alone or in a single day with an athlete.
- Incessantly touching an athlete with out asking permission or insisting that private massages are helpful.
Insp. George Labossier says sports activities give coaches ample time to groom athletes for abuse and exploitation.
“It is one thing that occurs over time. A coach can definitely leverage … varied alternatives to their benefit,” he stated on the Monday information convention.
Abuse in sport happens extra typically than individuals suppose, Labossier stated.
“Younger athletes do look to their coaches for that management, that steerage, and due to this fact there’s a component of belief put in that person that maybe offers these coaches distinct alternatives.”
McKinnon added: “The coaches all know the foundations. They’ve all taken the certifications and so they know what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable. We’re not blaming anyone specifically, however in case you do begin to see these indicators, you must undoubtedly comply with up on them.”
Assist is on the market for anybody who has been sexually assaulted. You’ll be able to entry disaster traces and native help providers by this Authorities of Canada web site or the Ending Violence Affiliation of Canada database. Should you’re in fast hazard or worry to your security or that of others round you, please name 911.