3 Montreal high school basketball coaches charged with sex crimes involving minors

Montreal police said Thursday they were looking for other possible victims after three coaches linked to a high school in the borough of St-Laurent were charged with various sex crimes.

The three staff members of École Saint-Laurent appeared before a judge at the Montreal courthouse on Thursday. They face eight charges between them, involving two women who were minors at the time of the alleged offenses between 2008 and 2017.

Daniel Lacasse, 43, Charles-Xavier Boislard, 43, and Robert Luu, 31, were arrested Wednesday and were involved with high school sports teams, including the women’s basketball team.

Lacasse is charged with one count of sexual exploitation. Boillard faces charges of sexual assault, sexual interference, sexual exploitation and invitation to sexual touching. Luu is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.

Boillard was released on bail Thursday under several conditions, while the other two remain detained and will return to court on Friday.

Investigators have urged anyone who may have been a victim to contact police.

“Given that many underage girls have played on the sports teams to which the three men are linked over the years, investigators have reason to believe that other young girls may have been victims of similar acts, from 2005 to these days,” police said Thursday. .

In a statement Thursday, the Marguerite Bourgeoys school board said the three men had no criminal record and were suspended. The council said school authorities are cooperating with the police.

“This situation has shaken us all and we take it very seriously,” said chief executive Dominic Bertrand.

“We will meet with parents and staff members to accompany them, support them and refer them to the right resources, if necessary. A team of workers is also available to support students who need it.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on February 3, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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