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Ottawa hockey coach faces 30 sex charges

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DOUG HEMPSTEAD | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA - A still active long-time Ottawa hockey coach stands accused of molesting 11 of his former players.

At the time of the alleged incidents, the players would have been between the ages of seven and 15.

Ottawa police started the investigation in March, involving accusations of sexual assaults on a victim who was an 11-year-old in the 1980s.

Cops say the alleged assaults occurred in Ottawa between 1987 and 1991 and the March investigation led to charges in September.

At the time, Kelly Jones, 57, was released on a $10,000 bond. As part of the conditions of his release, he was ordered not to communicate with the alleged victim.

As a result of media coverage about the charge, more alleged victims came forward to police.

Jones now faces more than 30 charges including sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, sexual exploitation and intimidation.

Police say he also has been a baseball coach and has been involved with Scouts Canada.

A Scouts Canada spokesman said there was no reference to Jones' name in their database.

Jones coached various bantam hockey teams in the Ottawa area, but also coached the AA Major Peewee Division Ottawa Sting in the early 2000s.

Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association representatives wouldn't comment on the allegations.

Police sources say Jones was still a west-end coach at the time of his arrest. The charges relate to complaints from hockey players, not baseball players or Scouts.

All of the complainants are boys.

Jones, who faced similar charges several years ago, appears in court Wednesday for a bail hearing.

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