A former Clearwater resident and minor hockey and baseball coach has been arrested for the sexual assault of several youths.
The assaults are believed to have taken place between 1976 and 1981. BC RCMP Major Crimes Section arrested 58-year-old Alan John Davidson on March 6 in Calgary, Alberta where he is currently residing.
According to police, in November of 2012, an adult male contacted the Burnaby RCMP to file a report against his former minor hockey coach. The complainant advised that while he was in high school and living in Clearwater in the early 1980s he had allegedly been sexually assaulted by his coach. He also said that it was possible that other players on the hockey team had been similarly assaulted by the suspect.
Burnaby RCMP initiated what would evolve into an extensive investigation spanning three provinces: British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Due to the complexity of this investigation, the BC RCMP Major Crime Section took conduct of the file. As a result of initial interviews with possible victims and witnesses, a second victim came forward allegedly having been sexually assaulted by his baseball coach.
Since the initial complaint was lodged and subsequent to the exhaustive investigative efforts to date in all three provinces in which the accused has resided and worked over the past 30 years, a total of eight victims have come forward making similar allegations.
All the reported incidents allegedly occurred in the Thompson-Okanagan Region of B.C. while the majority of the victims belonged to either hockey or baseball teams that were being coached by the accused.
During the investigation it was learned that Alan Davidson had served in the RCMP as a regular member in various detachments in Saskatchewan and in Lloydminster, Alberta from February 1982 until he retired in August 1996 to pursue other business ventures.
All offences the accused has been charged with occurred prior to him becoming a regular member of the RCMP.
Davidson has been charged with eight counts of indecent assault contrary to Section 156 of the Criminal Code.
Superintendent Brendan Fitzpatrick, operations officer of BC RCMP Major Crime Section, acknowledges the matter is now before the courts in which all investigative findings will be presented.
“I would also like to commend those individuals who came forward after all these years, considering the traumatic nature of the allegations. A great deal of work has been done to date, however our investigation is ongoing and we respect that there could be other individuals out there with information connected to our investigation. It is important for you to please contact the police,” he said.
To assist potential victims and witnesses in recalling memory, the RCMP has released photos of the accused in the time frame of the current allegations and listed below is a timeline of where the accused had lived and worked over the last three decades.
1970s to 1981 – Clearwater, B.C.
August 1981 – February
1982 – Regina, Saskatchewan
February 1982 – December 1983 –
December 1983 – April 1986 –
April 1986 – August 1993 – Yorkton,
August 1993 – 1996 – North Battleford,
August 1996 onwards – Alberta (currently resides in Calgary)
While charges have been laid, there may be other victims who would like to come forward or witnesses who may have information that could assist with the ongoing investigation. You can contact the RCMP through a toll free tip line at 1-877-687-3377.
The Davidson family formerly operated a golf course in East Blackpool southeast of Clearwater.
Alan Davidson is scheduled to make his next court appearance April 3 in Kamloops.