Montreal

Woman says Bertrand Charest stuck his hands down her pants when she was about 16

A seventh alleged victim is testifying at the trial of the former national ski coach, who faces 57 charges, including sexual assault and breach of trust, for alleged incidents dating back to the 1990s.

7th alleged victim testifies at sexual assault trial of ex-national ski coach who faces 57 charges

Former national ski coach Bertrand Charest was found guilty in June 2017 of 37 of the 57 sex-related charges he faced involving nine of the 12 women who had accused him of crimes that occurred more than 20 years ago. (Radio-Canada)

Another alleged victim of Bertrand Charest is testifying at his sexual assault trial and says the former ski coach put his hands down her pants when she was about 16.

She says the incident occurred as Charest was driving her to a ski competition.

The witness is the seventh alleged victim to take the stand at the trial, which began last week in Saint-Jérôme, north of Montreal.

Charest is facing 57 charges, including sexual assault and breach of trust, for alleged offences against 12 girls, who were between the ages of 12 and 19 at the time of the alleged assaults.

Charest, now 51, worked with Alpine Canada's women's development team between 1996 and 1998.

Several witnesses have testified they had sexual relationships with Charest and have said he controlled and manipulated the athletes whose careers he supervised.

The allegations date back to the 1990s and involve locations such as Whistler, B.C., New Zealand, Italy and the United States.

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