Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lawyers to Set Preliminary Date Next Month in Case of Quebec Gymnastics Coach

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lawyers to Set Preliminary Date Next Month in Case of Quebec Gymnastics Coach

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Case of Quebec gymnastics coach postponed

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MONTREAL - Lawyers are expected to set a date next month for a lengthy preliminary hearing in the case of a former gymnastics coach charged with sexual assault.

Neither Michel Arsenault nor the main lawyers were present at the Montreal courthouse Tuesday as the case was postponed until Sept. 21.

Arsenault, 56, is facing four charges of assault and three of sexual assault.

Six women were between 10 and 20 at the time of the alleged crimes in Montreal in the 1980s and early '90s.

Arsenault was arrested in mid-May in Edmonton, where he founded the Champions Gymnastics gym in 2002, and has lived in Alberta since 1994.

He is under conditions that include being forbidden from being in contact with the plaintiffs and witnesses, as well as taking paid employment or working as a volunteer if either involves having authority over a minor. …

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