Ottawa

'Well-known' Ottawa soccer coach charged with sexual assault

James Zito, who also goes by Jimmy, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual exploitation.

Police say James Zito, 38, also faces 1 charge of sexual exploitation

Ottawa police have charged a "well-known" Ottawa soccer coach with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

James Zito, who also went by Jimmy, was charged Friday, police said in a news release.

The investigation began in late April, when a 17-year-old girl alleged her soccer coach had assaulted her twice in 2014, police said.

Zito is facing two sexual assault charges and one charge of sexual exploitation, which is typically laid when the accused is in a position of trust or authority.

Police said the 38-year-old is a well-known coach who has worked with several teams around the city.

Algonquin Students' Association — which administers the athletic department at Algonquin College —  confirmed that Zito worked with the men's soccer team from 2008 to 2013, but would provide no further comment.

Investigators believe there could be other victims, and anyone with information is asked to call police at 613-236-1222, extension 5760.