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.”
Lamarre faces charges of gross indecency, indecent exposure, sexual assault, sexual touching and invitation to sexual touching involving four complainants.
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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.
Police say the incidents took place in arenas, at his home in Greenfield Park on Springfield and Campbell streets and in his vehicle.
“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.
“He may have sexually assaulted several other victims at different times and in other circumstances,” police said.
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.
Lamarre is five feet eight inches tall with brown and grey hair and brown eyes. He predominantly speaks French.
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, 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.
Police say other assaults allegedly took place in his vehicles, which included a Ford and a Cadillac, and at hockey arenas.
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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