NEWS
09/16/2016 20:21 EDT | Updated 09/17/2017 01:12 EDT

Former Calgary lacrosse coach found guilty of sexual interference

CALGARY — Former Calgary lacrosse coach Kelly Feser has been found guilty of two counts of sexual interference with a minor.

Feser, 48, was originally charged with three counts of sexual interference with a minor and two counts of sexual assault but the latter charges were dropped last year.

The court found Feser guilty of the first two counts of sexual interference with a child under 14 and under 16, which were in relation to a 13-year-old victim.

He was acquitted of the remaining charge relating to a 16-year-old complainant who did not attend court.

As the judge read out his verdict, Feser began crying, turning to face his family.

The judge also stated he fully believed the victims’ description of Feser’s “grooming strategy” of making small talk, sharing cigarettes, and then talking about more personal problems.

Court heard Feser would sexually assault the victim two to three times a week, for four years.

When Feser’s defence lawyer requested for him to be out on bail until sentencing, the judge denied that request and ordered he be remanded in custody.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 6.

(CHQR)