12/15 20:27 CST Canadian gymnastics coach charged with sexual offenses
Canadian gymnastics coach charged with sexual offenses
SARNIA, Ontario (AP) --- Gymnastics Canada's women's national team director
faces multiple sex-related charges.
Sarnia Police said Dave Brubaker was charged Friday with one count of
invitation to sexual touching, three counts of sexual interference, three
counts of sexual exploitation, and three counts of sexual assault.
The statement said Brubaker appeared in court on Friday and was released on
bail with a February court date.
Police didn't give any further details about the allegations and Gymnastics
Canada said in a release that a publication ban has been imposed in the case.
The Bluewater Gymnastics Club, where Brubaker is the club director, didn't
immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Brubaker was Canada's head gymnastics coach at the 2016 Rio Olympics and was
the women's national team director at the 2017 world championships in Montreal
Gymnastics Canada said in a statement that it was troubled by the allegations
against Brubaker, who has been placed on administrative leave by the
"Our first priority within Gymnastics Canada is always the safety of our
athletes," said Richard Crepin, chair of Gymnastics Canada's board of
directors. "Sport should be a safe place for everyone, and we're working hard
to ensure that we have the policies and procedures, as well as the education
and resources in place, to ensure the safety of all of our participants."