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Bertrand Charest, former junior ski coach, faces sex abuse charges

03/11/2015 01:23 EDT | Updated 05/11/2015 05:59 EDT
A former Team Canada junior ski coach has been charged for allegedly sexually abusing eight young athletes.

Bertrand Charest faces 47 charges, all related to the alleged sexual abuse of eight female minor athletes between 1991 and 1998. He appeared at the St-Jérôme courthouse on Wednesday afternoon.

Charest is a former coach with the Canadian national junior ski team, with Team Quebec, Team Laurentians and the Mont-Tremblant ski team. According to an online profile, he was also a former manager for the Canadian national women's ski team from 1995 to 1998. 

Mont-Tremblant police say a first victim came forward last Friday and they are now seeking more potential victims. 

The alleged incidents took place in Mont-Tremblant, Que. and while Bertrand was accompanying young skiers to competitions in Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, the United States, France, Austria and New Zealand.

Bertrand is the co-founder of a glass company, ThinkGlass, based in Boisbriand, Que.. 

Charest was arrested last Friday and released, before being re-arrested early this morning.

He will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Friday. 

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