Saint Francis Seminary Blizzard Coach Accused of Sex Crimes Released

Saint Francis Seminary Blizzard Coach Accused of Sex Crimes Released
Saint Francis Seminary Blizzard Coach Accused of Sex Crimes Released

The video coach of the Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François accused of sexual interference and luring a teenager was released on conditions Wednesday, the public prosecutor however advised him that his case will “likely” be weighed down by new charges to come.

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Benjamin-Alexandre Gauthier, indicted Tuesday for sex crimes against a 15-year-old boy, has finally been released by consent. The public prosecutor had initially opposed the release of the 29-year-old man in anticipation of the filing of new charges, but no new charges were filed Wednesday.

The prosecutor in the case, however, warned the accused that this moment is likely to come.

“Additional evidence will be disclosed and new charges will likely be filed,” explained Michel Bérubé.

No contact with the team

Gauthier was until his arrest involved in the Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François (SSF) M18 AAA program. He was the coach responsible for video and had previously held the position of statistician for the club.

His release conditions now prohibit him from having contact with any of the team’s players.

Taken from Benjamin Gauthier’s Facebook

Benjamin-Alexandre Gauthier will also be banned from using the Internet, except at his workplace and under the supervision of a manager. The court also banned him from using social media in full.

Other conditions imposed include that the accused may not be in the presence of minors and may not be within 200 metres of the complainant in the case.

“Lucky” to have his mother

Benjamin-Alexandre Gauthier will also have to return to live with his mother in Baie-Comeau for the duration of the proceedings. The latter stood surety for her son’s release.

Judge Thomas Jacques also reminded the 29-year-old accused of how lucky he was to be able to count on the support of his loved ones despite the seriousness of the crimes he is accused of.

“In the context of the duties that I occupy, I see people in the unfortunate situation that you are in every day who are not fortunate enough to have the support of those around them,” insisted the magistrate, inviting Gauthier to “live up to the trust” that his mother places in him.

The coach’s case will return to court next September. In the meantime, the Quebec City Police Department has launched an appeal to other potential victims.

“We have reason to believe that the suspect could have had other victims who never reported him,” the police force stressed.

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