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Canadian Coach Dave Brubaker Charged with Sexual Offenses
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Canadian women's gymnastics coach Dave Brubaker was charged in an Ontario court on Friday with 10 sexual offenses. He has been placed on administrative leave by Gymnastics Canada.

Gymnastics coach Dave Brubaker, the women's national team director for Canada, was charged Friday with 10 sexual offenses.

Brubaker, a resident of Sarnia, Ontario, was arrested Thursday and charged Friday with one count of invitation to sexual touching, three counts of sexual interference, three counts of sexual exploitation, and three counts of sexual assault, according to Sarnia Police. Brubaker was released on bail. His next court date is set for February.

According to Canada's criminal code, invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference are offenses specific to victims under the age of 16, while sexual exploitation are charges specific in cases where the alleged perpetrator is in a position of trust or authority over a young person.

Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique, the governing board for the sport in Canada, released a statement announcing that Brubaker has been placed on administrative pending the outcome of the investigation. The federation said it was "shocked and deeply troubled" by the news of Brubaker's arrest.

"Our first priority within Gymnastics Canada is always the safety of our athletes," said Richard Crépin, chairman of Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique. "Sport should be a safe place for everyone, and we're working hard to ensure that we have the policies and procedures, as well as the education and resources in place, to ensure the safety of all of our participants."

Brubaker is the club director of Sarnia's Bluewater Gymnastics Club, where he coached along with his wife, Liz Brubaker, until being appointed to his national role in 2014. He had been at Bluewater for 30 years, except for a brief period when the couple coached at Burlington Gymnastics Club between 2000 and 2002. He has had members on the Canadian national team since 1989, and was frequently on the floor as a coach at the world championships, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games. He coached 2012 Olympian Dominique Pegg and was the head coach of the team at both the 2012 and 2016 Canadian Olympic team. Following Canada's record fifth-place finish at the 2012 Olympic Games, Brubaker received the prestigious Life Member Award from Gymnastics Canada in 2013. He was also inducted into the Sarnia-Lambton Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

According to the Sarnia Police and Gymnastics Canada, a publication ban (or gag order) has been issued concerning details of the alleged offenses.

Brubaker's arrest is the second scandal to hit Canadian gymnastics this month. On December 7, Gymnastics Canada suspended coach Michel Arsenault after accusations surfaced that in the 1980s and 1990s, he had allegedly sexually abused some of his former gymnasts in Quebec, where he coached at Flipgym in Montreal. Several gymnasts detailed their allegations in an interview with the CBC. Arsenault was reportedly fired from the gym in 1993 and resettled in Edmonton, where he coached at the Ortona Club. In 2002, he and his wife, Valérie Oudin, opened Champions Gymnastics in Edmonton. Arsenault was also the meet director for the Wild Rose International, which drew international gymnasts to Edmonton. On December 11, Champions Gymnastics posted a statement on its website that it is now owned by Oudin and Sara Stafford. No criminal charges have been filed against Arsenault.

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