Canada
Former hockey coach denies sex assault on four boys

Michael Dimmick

Credits: Police Photo

SAM PAZZANO | QMI AGENCY

TORONTO -- A former hockey coach should be convicted of molesting four young boys who allege they were each abused by him "hundreds of times," a Crown attorney argued.

Michael Dimmick, 75, has pleaded not guilty to 14 sexual offences involving four boys, ages six to 14, between Sept. 1, 1968 and Dec. 31, 1978. The alleged victims' cannot be identified.

Crown attorney Kelly Simpson urged Judge Mary Lou Benotto to believe testimony from victims, including two brothers who told court Dimmick sexually assaulted them while he was putting them to bed or driving them to hockey practices.

Dimmick earned the parents' trust and bought the victims' silence through lavish gifts, ranging from Toronto Maple Leafs tickets to rock albums, court heard.

Defence lawyer Richard Allman urged Benotto to believe the accused man's categorical denials.
Dimmick insisted he was never alone in four years with any of the boys and never molested anyone.

The frequency of the alleged incidents and proximity of the parents made it a highly improbable event, Allman said.

"The prospects of detection were outrageous, Allman said.

Benotto will pass judgment on June 13.

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