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New allegations in case of former cop/coach charged with sex crimes

LONGUEUIL, Que. — Authorities say 16 potential new victims have come forward in the case of a former Montreal police officer and minor league hockey coach accused of committing numerous sex crimes over 25 years.

Francois Lamarre, also known as Frank, faces charges of gross indecency, indecent exposure, sexual assault, sexual touching and invitation to sexual touching involving four alleged victims.

He is expected to appear at the Longueuil courthouse later this week.

Longueuil police say they’ve received 27 calls thus far from Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and the United States since announcing Lamarre’s arrest on Dec. 4.

Sgt. Patrick Barriere says they will be meeting with everyone who has contacted them and are encouraging anyone else with information to get in touch.

Police say thus far, Lamarre is charged in connection with four victims who were boys between the ages of nine and 16 at the time.

The infractions are alleged to have been committed between 1972 and 1997 at Lamarre’s home, in his car and at arenas.

Lamarre, who retired from the Montreal police force in 1994, was a hockey coach in the Montreal suburb of Greenfield Park from 1970 to 1980.

Released under conditions, he is forbidden from contacting the complainants and from being in the presence of minors or near parks, schools or community centres.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Dec. 16, 2019.

The Canadian Press