The previous Winnipeg hockey coach faces a protracted record of historic sexual assault costs

Winnipeg police on Thursday afternoon announced a long list of sexual assault-related charges against a former Manitoba hockey coach that occurred in the 1990s.

Police said the victims reported the assaults in June and were sexually assaulted by an adult male coach when they were in their early teens at the time playing for the Assiniboine Park Hockey Association.

The victims were allegedly invited to the trainer’s home on various occasions, where they received money and alcohol and were subsequently sexually abused.

Police said the victims told them that the incidents were also photographed and videotaped at the time.

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Robert “Bob” Donald Joseph Dawson, 57, has faced two cases of sexual interference, sexual exploitation, sexual assault and violent imprisonment, and two cases of production, printing or possession of child pornography for publication and one of possession of child pornography.

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Const. Dani McKinnon said it was not yet clear if there were more victims out there.

“These types of cases are extremely sensitive, they are very nuanced, they are very personal and private, and the very fact that they came up is quite remarkable,” she said.

“We have two reports that have been made … there is always a possibility that there are other survivors and if there are, the police encourage you to call the Sex Crimes Division.”

Hockey Winnipeg executive director Ian McArton told Global News that Dawson’s involvement in the program almost three decades ago required his current database, so no details are available about how long or what role he was in local hockey.

None of the current Hockey Winnipeg employees or officers or directors of the Assiniboine Park Hockey Association had any ties with the defendants, he said.

“These allegations are extremely grave and very worrying to the volunteers, members and staff of Hockey Winnipeg.

“On behalf of the management of Hockey Winnipeg, we hope that justice will be served in this case.”

McArton said the organization’s current procedures include screening volunteers against the child abuse registry and adhering to a respectful hockey policy that allows for anonymous reporting of concerns.

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Anyone with information or wants to speak to investigators is encouraged to call the Sex Crimes Department at 204-986-6245 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


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