Former basketball coach charged with sexually assaulting teen player

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City police have charged a former basketball coach with repeatedly sexually assaulting one of his teen players.

The incidents allegedly occurred in the summer of 2016 when the man who coached a team in the Genesis basketball league befriended a 14-year-old player.

The coach would “often driving him to basketball games and practices, school and other locations,” police said Friday in a press release.

After the male victim came forward with complaints about the alleged assaults, city police began an investigation in November of last year.

On Jan. 19, they charged Sean Maheu, 38, with sexual assault, sexual touching, sexual interference, sexual exploitation and invitation to sexual touching.

On Maheu’s Twitter account, whose latest entries are in early December 2016, he describes himself as a “teacher and learner” with a profile motto of “Basketball never stops.”

Maheu’s next appearance in court is scheduled for March 11.

On its website, the Genesis Basketball League says it was formed in 2006 and has a membership of more than 200 players.

“The club was founded on the premise that all of today’s youth, regardless of their social, economic or educational standing should have the opportunity to play basketball at an elite level,” it states.

Police are urging anyone with information on child sexual abuse to contact the Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre website at www.calgarycac.ca.

BKaufmann@postmedia.com

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