Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Young Canadians Worker Admits to Sex Offences on Calgary Group's Students

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Young Canadians Worker Admits to Sex Offences on Calgary Group's Students

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Former Young Canadians worker admits to sex charges

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CALGARY - A man who had many roles in his 36 years with a Calgary young people's performance group has admitted to eight sex-related charges.

Philip Heerema's trial on 20 charges was already into its third week when he pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

The rest of the charges were stayed.

Heerema, 55, resigned in 2014 from The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts in Calgary when police began investigating several complaints.

The alleged victims were male students between 15 and 18 years old who were at the school between 1992 and 2013.

The trial had heard 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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