Arrest of former badminton coach prompts calls to Victoria police

Victoria Police say several more potential victims have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against a former youth badminton coach.

Police said they went public with the case out of concern there could be more victims

Harry Charles Sadd as he appeared in 1992 (left) and as he appears today. (Victoria Police Department)

Victoria Police say several more potential victims have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against a former youth badminton coach.

Earlier this week, police say they charged Harry Charles Sadd, 70, with one count of sexual assault from 1983 and three counts of indecent assault by a male on a male person between 1978 and 1981.

Police said they went public with the case, because they were concerned there could be more victims.

Sadd has previous convictions for sexual assaults involving young male children and teens, police said.

Alleged abuse dates to 1970s

New charges were laid last week after a man came forward to report he was abused in the 1970s at the age of nine.

More people have now contacted police with information to allege sexual abuse dating back decades, said Sgt. Kristi Ross of the Special Victims Unit.

"Not to say that everyone that is calling us is saying they are a victim, but we do have some people who are alleging that," Ross said.

"And we also have some people who have some good information for us about Mr. Sadd's activities through the decades."

Police say Sadd also worked as a teacher in Alberta and other provinces.

He has been released on bail with conditions that include staying away from places frequented by children.

With files from Megan Thomas