Longueuil police search for potential victims after arrest of ex-Montreal police officer, hockey coach – Global News

Longueuil police search for potential victims after arrest of ex-Montreal police officer, hockey coach - Global News
Former Montreal police officer, hockey coach accused of sexually assaulting boys
A former police officer and minor league hockey coach in the Montreal suburb of Greenfield Park is facing several charges of alleged sexual assault of boys aged nine to 16 years old at the time.

Longueuil police are asking for the public’s help in identifying potential sexual assault victims in Canada and the United States following the arrest of François (Frank) Lamarre on Tuesday.

The offences allegedly occurred at arenas, at his home in the south shore neighbourhood of Greenfield Park and in his vehicle. Some were youth involved in hockey, while other alleged victims lived in Lamarres neighbourhood. He lived in homes on Springfield and Campbell Streets in the suburban community.

“We know it takes a lot of courage for people to come forward when you’re a victim of that type of crime,” Sgt. Patrick Barrière said on Wednesday. “But don’t worry, investigators are there to help.”

François (Frank) Lamarre was arrested Tuesday by police in Longueuil on Montreals South Shore and faces charges of gross indecency, indecent exposure, sexual assault, sexual touching and invitation to sexual touching involving four alleged victims.

Lamarre faces charges of gross indecency, indecent exposure, sexual assault, sexual touching and invitation to sexual touching involving four complainants.

Lamarre, 71, was a Greenfield Park Minor Hockey coach in the 1970s and 1980s. The assaults allegedly took place between 1972 and 1997 when he was between the ages of 24 and 49. He has allegedly lived in Greenfield Park for some 50 years.

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Lamarre has been released with several conditions pending trial. He is not allowed to speak to potential victims or children under the age of 18 and he cannot go near parks, arenas, community centres or schools.

The alleged offences occurred between 1972 and 1997, according to police. Barrière said it is possible alleged assaults happened before or after that timeframe.

"We know it takes a lot of courage for people to come forward when youre a victim of that type of crime," Barriere said. "But dont worry, investigators are there to help." 

Police say the incidents took place in arenas, at his home in Greenfield Park on Springfield and Campbell streets and in his vehicle.

MONTREAL — A former Montreal police officer, who was also a minor hockey coach, has been arrested for alleged sexual offences towards young boys between the ages of nine and 16 years old.

“He was changing cars quite often,” said Barrière, adding Lamarre drove Cadillacs and Fords.

Lamarre was between 24 and 49 years old at the time. Aside from his career with the Montreal police, he also served as a minor league hockey coach from 1970 to 1980.

Police arrested Lamarre on Tuesday for questioning but he was released under several conditions, including not having contact with minors or alleged victims. He is also barred from going to parks, arenas and community centres — and he cannot be near schools.

Lamarre, who retired from the Montreal police force in 1994, is expected to appear at the courthouse in Longueuil on Dec. 19.

It is possible that Lamarre has unlawfully sexually assaulted several other victims at different times and in other circumstances, Longueuil police stated.

Longueuil police said they are currently in contact with four complainants, but they believe there could be other alleged victims.

Former Montreal police officer and minor hockey coach François (Frank) Lamarre has been accused of gross indecency and sexual assault towards minors.

“He may have sexually assaulted several other victims at different times and in other circumstances,” police said.

"He saw the news with me this morning and he got a call from one of his friends this morning saying, have you seen the news?"

Robert Myles, the borough president of Greenfield Park, told Global News he was first informed of the police investigation when an alleged victim reached out two weeks ago. Myles called the alleged abuse unacceptable.

We know its not easy, but we hope other victims who stayed silent all these years can come forward, but also other witnesses, said Patrick Barrière, a spokesperson for the Longueuil police. We want the victims to know theyre not alone and need to come forward. These are acts that, as a society, we cannot tolerate. Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette

Lamarre is five feet eight inches tall with brown and grey hair and brown eyes. He predominantly speaks French.

“I’m numb right now. It’s been a long, hard battle,” one complainant, 57, told the Montreal Gazette after learning of the arrest. “It’s almost as if I’m watching a movie. I don’t feel proud, I don’t feel happy, I don’t feel excited. I just don’t know what to feel.”

Investigators are asking anyone with information about Lamarre to call 450-463-7211. All the information shared will be kept confidential by police.

A former Montreal police officer and minor hockey coach on the city's South Shore has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting young boys over a 25-year period.

François Lamarre, 71, worked as a Montreal police officer and coached hockey in Greenfield Park. He is charged with a series of sexual offences against minors in connection with four complainants. Police believe there are other victims. Credit: Longueuil police department. jpg

François Lamarre, 71, is accused of assaulting four boys between 1972 and 1997. They were between the ages of nine and 16 years old at the time. 

He was arrested Tuesday and faces charges of gross indecency, indecent exposure, sexual assault, sexual touching and invitation to sexual touching.

Longueuil police believe there could be other possible victims, including from other parts of Canada and the United States. They are asking anyone with information to come forward.

He faces charges of sexual assault, gross indecency, molestation and sexually touching a minor in connection with four complainants. The nine charges correspond with the Criminal Code in effect at the time.

Lamarre was a hockey coach in the 1970s and 80s in Greenfield Park, now part of Longueuil, and also went by the name "Frank."

He lived on Springfield and Campbell streets, and some of the assaults are alleged to have taken place at his homes.

The complainants in the case were between the ages of 9 and 16 at the time of the alleged acts. They were either coached by Lamarre in Greenfield Park or knew him as a neighbour, police say.

Police say other assaults allegedly took place in his vehicles, which included a Ford and a Cadillac, and at hockey arenas.

Lamarre coached minor league hockey in the area in the 1970s and 1980s. He was known in the local hockey scene as “Frank” and lived on Springfield and Campbell Sts.

Some of the boys were hockey players, while others were Lamarre's neighbours. The complainants told investigators some of the assaults took place over several years.

Police say the alleged incidents did not happen while Lamarre was on duty, but the boys knew Lamarre was a police officer. Lamarre retired in 1994.

"If you've been victim of that person or anyone else doing sexual infraction, today you're not alone," said Longueuil police Sgt. Patrick Barrière. "Investigators are there to listen to your story, to help you."

Lamarre has been released pending a court appearance later this month. Under the conditions of his release, he is not allowed to speak to any of the complainants or anyone under the age of 18.

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