WARNING: This article contains details of abuse.
A renowned ex-coach in Canadian pairs skating was found guilty Wednesday of sexual assault and gross indecency dating back nearly 40 years.
Richard Gauthier was on trial on three charges in connection with crimes he committed in the 1980s involving a teenage male skater whom he trained.
Gauthier, 61, was found guilty on two charges, in a ruling rendered in Montreal by Quebec court Judge Josée Bélanger.
He was acquitted of a third count of indecent assault against the victim, whose identity is covered by a publication ban.
“The evidence demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused’s conduct caused the plaintiff serious harm,” the judge wrote in a 49-page ruling.
The victim was 14 at the time of the incidents while Gauthier was in his 20s. Gauthier coached him for about six years, until the victim turned 18.
Gauthier was accused of having bathed naked with the victim, taken showers with him and spooned naked with him in a bed at the accused’s residence.
“These are sexual gestures made by the accused toward the athlete he was training, whom the latter loved, and toward whom he had great admiration,” Bélanger ruled.
“As the complainant’s testimony pointed out, due to the behaviour of the accused, he suffered serious psychological harm. This prejudice is high.”……..READ MORE………….