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Gymnastics Canada suspends Edmonton-based coach in wake of sex-abuse allegations

Gymnastics Canada suspends Edmonton-based coach in wake of sex-abuse allegations
From CBC - December 7, 2017

Gymnastics Canada has suspended Edmonton-based coach Michel Arsenault amid allegations he sexually abused some of his former students in Quebec in the 1980s and '90s.

"No athlete should be subject to this type of conduct, and we are working tirelessly to ensure that all of our participants are able to take part in our sport in a safe and welcoming environment," RichardCrpin, chair of the board of directors for Gymnastics Canada, said in a news release.

A Wednesday report by the sports unit of Radio-Canada,CBC'sFrench-language network, detailed the accounts of three gymnasts who said Arsenault sexually abused themwhen they were minors and members ofFlipgym in Montreal.

Arsenaultwas fired from the gym in 1993 and left Quebec in 1994. He settled in Edmonton and got a jobcoaching gymnastics at a local gym. In 2002, he and his wife opened their own gym, Champions Gymnastics, which issued a statement yesterday in wake of the Radio-Canada report saying Arsenaultwould no longer be involved in any of the gym's activities and was barred from the premises.

Arsenault, who is well known as one of Canada's top women's gymnastics coaches,has not been charged with any crime. Hedid not respond to repeated requests for commenton the initial story.

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