10:30 a.m., March 4)
Former east end soccer coach pleads guilty to sexual interference with a minor
By Fred Sherwin
former assistant coach with an east end soccer club has
pled guilty to sexual interference with one of his players,
effectively avoiding a trial on the more serious charge
of sexual assault.
Brathwaite, 25, of Bourget was charged last August after
his girlfriend at the time intercepted several online
messages he posted to one of his 12-year-old players.
to the evidence, Brathwaite and the young victim met while
he was coaching an east end soccer team last spring. She
confided in him and they started to meet in secret. On
one occasion, after attending an out of town soccer camp
together, they kissed in the backseat of his car.
Brathwaite also had a girlfriend who caught him texting
the girl. As a result, she decided to rig his Facebook
account so that any messages posted on his page would
automatically appear on her computer.
July 25, the girlfriend intercepted a message in which
Brathwaite referred to "kissing" and finding
"a more private place to meet". It was at this
time that the girlfriend contacted the police who interviewed
was arrested on Aug. 5 and charged with two counts of
sexual assaut and two counts of sexual interference involving
a minor under the age of 16. He was released on bail the
next day into the custody of his family with a long list
allegations came as a shock to many of his former players
who had a hard time believing them. He was immediately
suspended by the club which cooperated fully with the
soccer club he was coaching for and the Eastern Ontario
District Soccer Association say that Brathwaite went through
a police check prior to being allowed to coach. The club
cannot be named on the possibility it might lead to the
identification of the victim.
charge of sexual interference with a minor comes with
a mandatory sentence of at least 90 days in jail and the
possibility of a maximum 18 months. Brathwaite will learn
his fate after a sentencing hearing on May 1, during which
the girl is expected to give a victim impact statement.
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