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Bertrand Charest: 3 more women accuse ski coach of sex assault

03/16/2015 03:34 EDT | Updated 05/16/2015 05:59 EDT
The former coach of national and Quebec ski teams is now facing nine new charges after three more complainants came forward with allegations of sexual assault and sexual exploitation. 

Bertrand Charest was charged last week in Mont Tremblant, Que., with nearly four dozen sex-related charges involving eight minor-age female athletes. The offences are alleged to have occurred between 1991 and 1998.

When he appeared in court in Saint-Jérôme, Que., today for a bail hearing, Charest was charged with sex offences relating to three female complainants that allegedly occurred between 1992 and 1996.

A publication ban has been placed on all evidence presented at that hearing. 

Last week, Alpine Canada, a national organization for alpine skiing, confirmed it employed Charest from 1996 through to 1998.

The organization said Charest was placed under investigation in February 1998 after it received information from "a source" suggesting he "may have engaged in inappropriate contact with a female member" of the team. 

Alpine Canada contacted police after receiving the information.

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

The initial eight complainants were junior athletes at the time the alleged incidents took place.

If you have information on this story, email CBC News Montreal reporter thomas.daigle@cbc.ca​

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