Crown seeks 2-year sentence for former Whitecaps coach's sex offences

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VANCOUVER — A Crown prosecutor is seeking a sentence of nearly two years for a former women's soccer coach with the Vancouver Whitecaps who pleaded guilty to sex charges.

Bob Birarda, who also coached Canadian national youth teams, pleaded guilty in February to three counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual touching.

The offences, involving four different people, took place between 1988 and 2008.

Prosecutor Linda Ostry told a North Vancouver provincial court judge that the Crown is recommending a jail sentence of two years less a day, covering consecutive sentences for each of the offences, plus three years' probation.

The Crown also asked for a DNA sample, a mandatory 10-year firearm ban and, if a jail term is ordered, a non-communication order for each of the victims.

Birarda was dismissed by both the Whitecaps and Canada Soccer in October 2008.

More than a dozen women who played for the Whitecaps and were part of Canada's under-20 talent pool have come forward alleging Birarda, a former coach for both squads, acted inappropriately with members of the team.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 8, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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