NEWS
04/02/2014 10:38 EDT | Updated 06/02/2014 05:59 EDT

Heidi Ferber, ex-hockey coach, to be sentenced in teen sex case

A 39-year-old woman is set to appear in B.C. Supreme Court today to be sentenced after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the affair she started with a teenage hockey player in Kamloops.

Chanelle Petrie was only 15 in 2010 when her team's assistant coach, Heidi Ferber, began a sexual relationship with her.

"I trusted her a lot and she took advantage of that, so trust is a pretty hard thing for me now," Petrie told CBC News.

Petrie says Ferber was a great hockey player and she considered her to be a role model.

The young hockey player eventually told a counsellor and her parents about what was happening. 

Ferber was then charged with sexual exploitation and sexual interference with a person under the age of 16. Earlier this year, Ferber pleaded guilty.

That's when Petrie, now 18 and living in Calgary, asked a B.C. Supreme Court judge for a publication ban on her name to be lifted.

The law provides for an automatic ban on the publication of names in sex cases, to protect the identities of the victims.

Petrie, who still plays hockey with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Trojans women's team, says she wanted the publication ban lifted because she wants other young people who have faced abuse to know that it's OK to speak out.

"You don't have to be ashamed of yourself. You did nothing wrong. That's a huge message that I think really needs to be put out there," she said.

The Crown is asking for between nine and 12 months in jail for Ferber.

The defence is asking for a sentence of between 90 days and six months, to be served on weekends.

Petrie is concerned about the length of the sentence that will be handed down, but says she will accept any outcome.

"I trust the court's decision and whatever they make, I'll respect it," she said.