Targeted by 42 charges: ex-cheerleading coach Matthieu Martel remains detained

Targeted by 42 charges: ex-cheerleading coach Matthieu Martel remains detained
Targeted by 42 charges: ex-cheerleading coach Matthieu Martel remains detained

Former cheerleading coach and life coach “Translator of the Soul” Matthieu Martel, targeted by 42 charges mainly of a sexual nature, will remain detained for the entire legal process.

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Martel had given up on holding a release hearing in October 2023 after the presentation of the crown’s evidence at the hearing.

Having since changed lawyers, the accused had filed a request for review of his detention in recent weeks. The procedure, provided for by the Criminal Code, allows an accused awaiting trial to review the necessity of his detention. After hearing the arguments of the parties on April 29, judge Johanne Roy ruled on Tuesday by imposing the preventive detention of Martel during the proceedings.

The detention review hearing was subject to a publication ban preventing details of the evidence and reasons presented by both parties.

The defense had, however, offered as security the keeping of the accused at home 24 hours a day, the bail of his father, his brother and his sister, a financial commitment of $5,000, as well as a ban on using social networks. .

Martel’s case will return to court at the end of June for further proceedings.

Taken from the Matthieu Martel Facebook page

Heavy file

In total, 42 charges targeting 14 complainants were filed by the public prosecutor against Matthieu Martel.

The 42-year-old man is notably targeted by accusations of sexual assault, luring, sexual contact and extortion.

Most of the plaintiffs were athletes at the cheerleading club that was owned by the defendant. The events allegedly took place between 2010 and 2021.

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