Former Mountie arrested for sexual assault
A former Mountie and minor league coach has been charged with eight counts of indecent assault on boys under 18 years old who he had coached during the late 1970s and early '80s.
Police arrested 58-year-old Alan John Davidson at his Calgary home yesterday following an investigation that began in November 2012 after an adult male came forward to Burnaby RCMP with allegations of sexual abuse by his former hockey coach while he was attending high school in Clearwater, B.C.
Davidson served as a general duty RCMP constable for 14 years, starting in February 1982 – just one year after the most recent assault was alleged to have taken place. He coached in some capacity with minor sports from the 1970s through to 2008. He retired in 1996.
Throughout his policing career, he was stationed in Regina, Coronach, Yorkton and North Battleford, Sask., as well as Lloydminster, Alta,. and was working for the Alberta sheriff service at the time of his arrest.
All of the charges laid yesterday stem from Davidson's time living in Clearwater, though police addressed the possibility that there may be more victims who still have yet to come forward.
"The reason that I'm here today is to ask the public to come forward if they have any indication that there have been other offenses or that there are other allegations related to this individual in the last few years," said RCMP Supt. Brendan Fitzpatrick at a press conference in Surrey on Friday. "If so, they will be investigated very seriously."
Upon learning of Davidson's work history with the RCMP, a parallel review was launched into his conduct while working as a police officer, which Fitzpatrick said remains active and ongoing.
"He was active in the communities that he served in and would have been exposed to a number of children, minors [and] teenage athletes," said Fitzpatrick.
Currently the RCMP is the only agency looking into Davidson's employment record.
He is scheduled to make his next court appearance on April 3, 2014.
RCMP are encouraging anyone with information that may help in this investigation to call their tip line at 1-877-687-3377.