By Tim Petruk – Kamloops This Week
A former police officer and youth sports coach who used his authority and trust in multiple communities to groom teenaged boys before sexually assaulting them has been sentenced to six years in a federal penitentiary.
Alan Davidson was taken into custody by sheriffs at the conclusion of a sentencing hearing in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops on Tuesday.
The 62-year-old was convicted of five charges in B.C. dating back more than 35 years and pleaded guilty to two more charges stemming from incidents in Saskatchewan, where he was working as an RCMP constable, in the 1980s and early 1990s.
“Mr. Davidson’s crimes were predatory in nature,” Justice Sheri Donegan said in handing down the sentence, mentioning his job as a police officer and volunteer roles as a youth sports coach.
“All provided Mr. Davidson access to pubescent boys and the trust of their families.”
Davidson’s offences began in 1976 in his hometown of Clearwater, when he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy playing on a hockey team he coached.
The following year, Davidson targeted a 15-year-old boy he met through his involvement with minor hockey. The two shared a hotel room on an overnight trip to Penticton and Davidson plied the teen with alcohol before assaulting him. The boy remained silent and still throughout the incident.
Between 1977 and 1978, Davidson began abusing a 14-year-old boy he met while coaching minor baseball and hockey. The boys trusted Davidson to look after their son while away for a weekend tournament.
In 1979, Davidson targeted another 14-year-old boy he met through coaching. The boy’s grandmother trusted Davidson to take him for a weekend away. While on the short trip, the boy said, Davidson grabbed the boy’s hand and used it sexually.
In the early 1980s, while Davidson was working as a jail guard at the RCMP detachment in Clearwater and volunteering as an auxiliary constable, he began abusing another 14-year-old boy he met through coaching. On an overnight fishing trip with the boy, Davidson supplied him with alcohol and explicit images and raped him in his camper.
Davidson was later hired as an RCMP constable and worked first in Lloydminster, Sask, and then in Yorkton, Sask. In 1987, he targeted his 17-year-old Yorkton paperboy, giving him cherry whiskey and pornography before encouraging the teen to engage in sex acts with him.
The boy would later tell police he became uncomfortable and left. Davidson asked him not to say anything that might jeopardize his job with the RCMP.
Four years later, Davidson targeted a 16-year-old Yorkton boy he coached in hockey. The boy was also a babysitter for Davidson’s young son. The abuse in that instance spanned at least eight sexual incidents.
A psychological report prepared prior to Davidson’s sentencing noted he has limited remorse and exhibits denial, minimization and justification in relation to his offences.
“He blames the victims by saying they were curious as well,” Donegan said. “He blames society when he says he was comfortable with the age difference.”
Police began investigating Davidson in 2012 after one of his Clearwater victims came forward with information.
Davidson had no previous criminal record and was working as a deputy sheriff in Calgary when he was arrested in March 2014. He has been on bail since.
The RCMP has said Davidson spent time at detachments in Saskatchewan and Alberta between February 1982 and August 1996.
In addition to the time in prison, Davidson was ordered to submit a sample of his DNA to a national criminal database and register as a sex offender for 20 years.