Canada
Former hockey coach and Scouts assistant assaulted boy and friends

Credits: QMI AGENCY

SAM PAZZANO | QMI AGENCY

TORONTO — Former hockey coach and Scouts Canada assistant Michael Dimmick fondled and performed oral sex on a young player and then molested his younger brother, the alleged victim told court Friday.

The now 51-year-old man testified that Dimmick met him when he was then six or seven years old while he was playing for a west Toronto hockey league and his father was coaching. Dimmick was a referee in 1968.

The witness testified that he bottled up the years of abuse — ranging from being molested at his home twice a week to “hundreds of times” at his parents’ Muskoka cottage north of Toronto — for almost 40 years until 2009 when he told police.

The abuse stopped once he hit puberty. He became a promiscuous, rampant alcohol and drug user who set out to prove his manhood, court heard.

“I tried to numb myself,” said the witness, who submerged feelings of shame, fear and guilt. “I couldn’t talk about the secret.”

The divorced man endured years of alcoholism and drug abuse and survived two suicide attempts before he revealed the abuse. He has been sober since, he said.

The prosecution alleges that when Dimmick stopped molesting him, he then turned to the witness’ brother, who’s two years younger, and two of their pals.

In her opening statement to Justice Mary Lou Benotto, Crown attorney Kelly Simpson said Dimmick committed sexual crimes after winning the trust of the siblings’ parents.

Dimmick, now 75, has pleaded not guilty to the 14 sexual offences involving four boys aged six to 14 years old between Sept. 1, 1968 and Dec. 31, 1978.

The alleged victims’ identities are covered by a publication ban.

The witness said his father was befriended by Dimmick, who began assisting him in coaching his team and helping with his Cub Scout group as well.

Dimmick transported the witness to hockey several times a week where he sexually abused the boy in the car. The boy’s busy parents were shuttling their older and younger sons to their games.

The witness said Dimmick would put him and his brother to sleep, reading them bedtime stories.

As a trusted family friend, Dimmick was also invited to their cottage in Muskoka, where he helped the father renovate. He once tried to perform sodomy on the boy during a sleepover, court heard.

It was extremely painful and he recalled “yelping” when Dimmick started but he immediately stopped “out of fear of being caught,” the witness said.

The trial resumes Monday.

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