Saturday, August 20, 2016

Former Regina high school basketball coach charged with sexual exploitation

A Regina high school coach is due to make a first appearance in court this fall after being charged with a sex offence involving a teenage girl.

Grant John Edworthy, 28, was arrested this week and charged with sexual exploitation of a girl who was 17 at the time of the alleged offence, Regina police announced Friday in a news release. In law, sexual exploitation refers to sexual activity that occurs between a young person and an adult in a position of trust or authority over the person, such as a teacher, babysitter, youth group worker, employer or coach. The courts have ruled consent to the activity is not a defence in such situations.

Regina police have said only that Edworthy was a high school basketball coach at the time of the alleged offence, “though not a teacher in the school.” Spokesman Les Parker said in keeping with a Regina Police Service practice to not disclose an organization that’s “tangential” to a case, the school where Edworthy coached wasn’t named.  (more...)

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