Thursday, February 22, 2018

Former kids’ baseball coach faces more sexual abuse charges

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A former baseball coach accused of sexually abusing children now faces new charges, Toronto police said Thursday.

Robert Humphrey, 51, had access to children through coaching and working at hockey rinks in Toronto, police said. The allegations of abuse span from 1993 to 2017.

Humphrey was first arrested by Durham police on Jan. 5. Investigators alleged he befriended a minor and sexually assaulted them several times between 2013 and 2017.

Some of the alleged abuse involved a second minor. Investigators said Humphrey threatened to release photos of the victims if they went to police.

Durham police charged him with three counts of sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching, sexual interference, two counts of possession of child pornography, two counts of making child pornography and two counts of extortion.

Humphrey was arrested a second time Jan. 19, this time by Toronto police.

Days after Durham police announced the charges, a 33-year-old woman told Toronto police she’d been sexually assaulted repeatedly between 1994 and 1996, when she was roughly 9. Days later, police arrested Humphrey and charged him with sexual assault and sexual interference.

Toronto police arrested the former coach again Wednesday evening after a new alleged victim came forward. The victim, a 35-year-old man, alleged he was sexually assaulted several times between 1993 and 2001.

Humphrey is now charged with another two counts of sexual assault, a count of sexual exploitation and two counts of uttering threats.  (more...)

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