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Ex-McGill Redmen accused of sexual assault leaves sports camp

07/24/2014 06:55 EDT | Updated 09/23/2014 05:59 EDT
One of the three former McGill Redmen football players charged with sexual assault will no longer be working at the university's sports camp for children.

On Wednesday, CBC News learned that Ian Sheriff, who is awaiting trial for sexual assault with a weapon and forcible confinement, had been working as a counsellor at the McGill Sports Camp for the past two summers.

The McGill University sports camp is a day camp for six to 15 year olds.

Now the university's provost says the decision to Sheriff him was made through "an error in judgment." 

In a statement, the provost Anthony Masi said he was not aware of Sheriff's summer job at the day camp until Wednesday afternoon.

"The employee in question will not be returning to work at the Camp or at the University," Masi said.

Masi has called for a review of the circumstances and McGill Athletics general hiring procedures.

In a statement yesterday, Sheriff's lawyer defended her client's innocence.

"It would seem patently unfair to prejudice the life and career of an individual simply because he is before the courts," said Isabel Shurman.

Accused of sexually assaulting former Concordia student

Sheriff is one of three former McGill Redmen football players facing charges. 

Sheriff, Brenden Carrière and Guillaume Tremblay are accused of sexually assaulting a former Concordia University student in September 2011.

Sheriff, Carrière and Tremblay were arrested in April 2012, and were allowed to continue their studies after being charged with sexual assault with a weapon.

The three continued to play on the Redmen football team, only quitting the team after the charges against them went public. 

Background checks

Every counsellor in a camp certified by the Quebec Association of Camps must undergo a background check, meaning any recent accusations would appear during a search.

"We absolutely would not recommend to hire such an applicant. It's a big red flag," said Chloé Melançon-Beauséjour, spokeswoman for the Quebec Association of Camps.

McGill sports camp is not a member of the association; however, background checks are done on counsellor applicants.

Sheriff's next court appearance is scheduled for November 17, 2014.     

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