A sexual assault trial involving the former coach of the Canadian national women’s gymnastics group begins Monday in Sarnia, Ont.
Dave Brubaker, 55, is going through more than one sexual offences spanning an eight-year length from 2000 to 2007. The allegations stem from a sequence of incidents involving Brubaker and a feminine who he used to be training and used to be underneath the age of 16 all the way through a minimum of some of the alleged offences.
The fees come with sexual assault, sexual interference, sexual exploitation and invitation to sexual touching.
Brubaker is a well known determine within the Canadian and global gymnastics neighborhood, serving as coach for Canada’s national women’s gymnastics groups for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. He’s been the director of the Bluewater Gymnastics Club in Sarnia since 1985.
Brubaker’s arrest ultimate December despatched surprise waves in the course of the Canadian gymnastics neighborhood. Gymnastics Canada, in a remark issued on the time, mentioned it used to be “shocked and deeply troubled by the news.”
“Our first priority within Gymnastics Canada is always the safety of our athletes,” mentioned Richard Crépin, the former chair of the board of administrators. “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.”
Placed on depart
After police laid fees, Brubaker used to be straight away put on administrative depart from Gymnastics Canada. The Bluewater Gymnastics board additionally positioned him on indefinite unpaid depart and mentioned he would not be allowed at the belongings.
Brubaker is lately out on bail and limited from associating with the complainant, in addition to running or volunteering with any individual underneath the age of 16. The judge-only trial is predicted to wrap up on Wednesday.
Calgary’s Kyle Shewfelt, a 2004 Olympic gold medallist in gymnastics and now a coach, has recognized Brubaker for years and mentioned he used to be in “total shock” when he first realized of the costs.
“I think that the gymnastics community is holding its breath, waiting to see what comes forth,” Shewfelt mentioned, in accordance with conversations he is had with different athletes and coaches.
“I think there are a lot of people still who don’t know where to stand on this. And I think that it’s going to take a judge’s verdict in order for people to make a decision and a commitment to how they move forward.”
Brubaker is not the one Canadian gymnastics coach charged with sexual offences this 12 months.
In January, Scott McFarlane, a gymnastics coach from Ottawa, used to be charged with sexual assault and kid luring after a 15-year-old lady went to Peel Regional Police with allegations of more than one sex-related incidents imagined to have took place over a four-year length whilst MacFarlane used to be running as a coach at Manjak’s Gymnastics in Mississauga, Ont.
And in May, Edmonton-based coach Michel Arsenault used to be arrested and charged with sexually assaulting 3 former scholars in Quebec within the 1980s and 1990s. His trial is scheduled for a while subsequent 12 months. He has additionally been suspended via Gymnastics Canada.
The fees towards Brubaker additionally got here at time when the game of gymnastics used to be already underneath intense scrutiny. The trial of former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar used to be in complete swing, entire with harrowing abuse tales from greater than 150 sufferers. Nassar in the end admitted to molesting some of the U.S.’s most sensible gymnasts over a few years and used to be sentenced to 175 years in jail for sexual assault and different fees.
Shewfelt does not mince his phrases when speaking concerning the fresh rash of arrests in gymnastics.
“The deviants are always going to have a plan,” Shewfelt mentioned. “Let’s have zero tolerance. Let’s have black-and-white policies.”