Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gymnastics Coach Arrested in Edmonton for Alleged Sex Crimes in Montreal

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gymnastics Coach Arrested in Edmonton for Alleged Sex Crimes in Montreal

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Alleged sex crimes: Alberta-based coach arrested

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MONTREAL - An Alberta-based gymnastics coach is facing sexual assault charges in Montreal dating back to the 1980s and early '90s, Quebec provincial police said Wednesday.

Michel Arsenault was arrested in Edmonton by Quebec detectives and local authorities.

A Quebec provincial police spokeswoman said an arrest warrant for Arsenault identifies six alleged female victims and that Arsenault faces seven charges, including four of assault and three of sexual assault.

Sgt. Audrey-Anne Bilodeau said the women were all between 10 and 20 at the time of the alleged crimes.

Arsenault, 56, is expected to appear in a Montreal courtroom May 24.

Police say he is free on a promise to appear in court but must respect certain conditions.

Bilodeau said all the alleged crimes detailed in the arrest warrant occurred in Montreal, and investigators have not ruled out other potential alleged victims elsewhere in the province. …

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