The cause of the former coach of the Junior Women’s Canadian Alpine Ski Team, Bertrand Charest, accused of sexually abusing a dozen young athletes aged 12 to 19, was postponed to 21 October.
Charest faces 57 charges, including sexual assault and breach of trust, these related to the fact that he was in authority.
The accused was not present on Thursday, ahead of Sylvain Lépine judge of the Court of Québec at the courthouse in St. Jerome. His presence will not be required in October either, since it will also be an administrative procedure.
The trial is still at the stage of preliminary investigation, but it has not started yet as such.
Arrested on 10 March, he has been held since. His bail application for further proceedings it was refused at first instance and again on appeal in late June
The alleged crimes were allegedly committed during the 1990s to the ski resort Mont-Tremblant in the Laurentians, but also in France, Austria, New Zealand and the United States.
The most recent complainant in that case argued that she had been sexually assaulted by Charest in Whistler, BC, in the late 1990s.
A publication ban prevents disclosure of evidence in this case.
From 1996 to 1998, Charest was a member of the coaching staff of female athletes in Canada Alpin, the national governing body for ski racing in Canada.