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Local Coach Accused of Sex Crimes Found Dead in Winnipeg Hotel

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Local Coach Accused of Sex Crimes Found Dead in Winnipeg Hotel

One month after his arrest, former Winnipeg area hockey coach Robert ‘Bob’ Dawson has been found dead at a hotel in the St. James-Assiniboia area. Police arrived on scene following calls about a sudden death. Foul play has been ruled out.

The 57-year-old was arrested in connection to a number of sexual assaults dating back to the 1990s. Charged last month with child pornography and sexual assault offences, Dawson set up shop in a local hotel as police continued to mull through his house and items within.

Dawson was taken into police custody from his home on the 100-block of Lake Park Drive on September 1 after two witnesses came forward with details stemming from various assaults suffered from 1993-95. These occurrences happened while the two men were teenagers playing hockey within the Assiniboine Park Hockey Association.

The victims told police that they were separately invited to Dawson’s home where he would provide them with money, alcohol and then videotape the subjects being sexually assaulted.

Winnipeg Police entered Dawson’s home on a search warrant and charged the now 57-year-old with with two counts of sexual interference, two counts of sexual exploitation, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of forcible confinement, and a number of child pornography offences.

Following the arrest, multiple other individuals have come forward to Winnipeg Police investigators with further historical information on Dawson.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone who has information or wants to speak to investigators is asked to call the Sex Crimes Unit at 204-986-6245 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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