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Former pastor, hockey manager accused of child sexual abuse



Former pastor and head of the hockey team were charged with sexual abuse for two children.

On December 20, Richard Rose of Port Colborne, Ontario was arrested by York Regional Police on four counts of sexual abuse and four counts of sexual intervention – up to 16 years old.

"On December 14, 2018, the York Regional Police launched an investigation into the historic sexual abuse after the adult victim reported on the incident when he was a young child," a statement from the York Regional Police said “During the investigation, the York Regional Police took on additional incidents reported to the Niagara Regional Police Service in the Port Colborne area in 2017.”

Investigators unveiled a photo of the 59-year-old accused in case there are more victims. Rose worked as a pastor in Markham, Ontario. According to the police, from 1991 to 2015, he also led the local hockey team and provided day care for his family’s home. Through her work as pastor, Rose also had connections in Montreal, Nova Scotia and Rimby, Alta.

The Special Victims Unit of the York Region Police urges anyone with information about Rose to contact them at tel. 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7071 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.1800222tips.com.

"Sexual abuse includes any non-intensive sexual contacts," the police said in a statement. “There is no statute of limitations for sexual offenses, and offenders can be prosecuted well after the date of the crime.”

Rose should appear in court on January 18th.

None of the charges against him has been proven in court.


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