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article imageFormer Mountie charged with sexually assaulting teen boys

By Arthur Weinreb     Mar 8, 2014 in Crime
A 58-year-old man is facing eight counts of sexually assaulting teen boys in the 1970s and 80s while he coached baseball and hockey.
Yesterday, The RCMP announced the arrest of Alan John Davidson. Davidson was arrested on Thursday by the BC RCMP at a Sheriff's Office in Calgary where he works. Davidson faces eight counts of indecent assault arising from alleged incidents that took place between 1976 and 1981.
The investigation began in November 2012 when police received a complaint from an adult male. The man told the Burnaby detachment of the RCMP that when he was in high school in Clearwater, B.C., he was sexually assaulted by his hockey coach. The man believed others on the team may have been sexually assaulted as well.
The investigation took over a year to complete and covered three provinces where Davidson had been living and working during the past 30 years; British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
Eventually, eight victims came forward, all claiming they were assaulted by Davidson while he coached them in hockey or baseball. All alleged assaults took place in B.C.
After completing training, Davidson became an RCMP officer in February 1982. He served with various detachments in Alberta and Saskatchewan before retiring in August 1996. None of the charges are alleged to have occurred while he was a member of the force.
Police believe there are other victims. After Davidson's arrest, RCMP Superintendent Brendan Fitzpatrick said, " I am here today to appeal to any other victims—whether you have spoken to someone in the past or realize that you need to speak to someone today. And due to the sensitive nature of the allegations I am also requesting anyone who may have any information relating to this investigation to please call police."
Former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy, who was sexually assaulted by his coach, Graham James, also urged victims to come forward. Kennedy said, "You're not alone and your voice will be heard. It's never [too] late to get your power back and the way I see it is about getting your power back. It also shows, I guess, the ability we've given these people to have a voice."
After his arrest, Davidson was released on bail with strict conditions including having no contact with any of the victims and not going to any public place where there are children under the age of 16. Davidson is scheduled to appear in court in Kamloops, B.C. on April 3.
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