Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Young Canadians Worker on Trial for Sex Abuse of Students to Plead Guilty

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Young Canadians Worker on Trial for Sex Abuse of Students to Plead Guilty

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Former Young Canadians worker to plead guilty

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CALGARY - Court has heard that a former longtime employee of a Calgary young people's performance group who is on trial for sex offences will plead guilty.

His lawyer told court Philip Heerema will enter a guilty plea on Tuesday.

Heerema, who is 55, faces 20 charges that include sexual assault, sexual exploitation, child pornography and luring.

The alleged encounters are believed to have occurred while Heerema was at The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts in Calgary between 1992 and 2013.

The alleged victims were male students between 15 and 18 years old at the time.

The trial has heard over the last two weeks from several men who said Heerema convinced them to send him explicit photos.

One man said he felt trapped after exchanging naked photos with Heerema. …

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