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Ringette coach charged with sexual assault
Published Wednesday, April 20, 2011 10:42AM MDT
Ringette Calgary is in shock after being alerted to a police investigation involving one of its young coaches.
Kelsea Joy Hepburn is charged with five sexual offences involving a child.
Paul Geddes, the president of Ringette Calgary says when something like this happens, it's difficult to reassure parents.
"It's really hard after something like this. We are a small community but at the same time in the 13 years we have been doing this, we never had an issue."
The 22-year old is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old player on the team she coached.
The girl's parents called police last week, after their daughter told them of the alleged abuse.
Police also recieved a complaint of two inappropriate incidents that occurred earlier this year.
Now, they are reminding parents to keep a watchful eye on their kids and say there is no "typical" person when it comes to sexual offenders.
"It can be male, female, black, white, asian, poor, rich. There are really no rules when it comes to sexual assault," says Staff Sergeant Dave Louie.
The ringette season wrapped up in March and Hepburn won't be allowed to come back until this matter is resolved.
She went before a judge yesterday and was released on $2,500 bail.
Hepburn will be back in court May 4 and must abide by a number of conditions including no coaching of anyone under 16.
Police are hoping anyone who may have information about Hepburn or the allegations will come forward.
They can be contacted using any of the following methods:
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637