Former Saint John hockey coach accused of child luring, sexual assault

Former Saint John hockey coach accused of child luring, sexual assault

A former Saint John hockey coach has been charged with child luring and sexual assault.

Scott Geikie, 42, made his first appearance in Saint John provincial court Tuesday.

He elected trial by judge alone through his lawyer, Rodney Macdonald.

Macdonald waived the reading of the police information.

But court records allege the sexual assault of a male child took place place between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2010, while the child luring offence, also involving a male child, is alleged to have taken place on Aug. 27, 2011. 

The alleged victim's identify is protected by a publication ban.

Judge Kelly Winchester reminded Geikie he is under a police undertaking and said his next court appearance will be Nov. 21, when a date for a preliminary inquiry will be set.

Can have no contact with minors

Geikie is under court-imposed conditions to notify the Saint John Police Force's family protection unit if he changes his address or employment.

He is also not to communicate with anyone under the age of 18 or access social media for any reason. 

In addition, he is not allowed to have any contact with the alleged victim.  

Geikie left the court accompanied by three women.

'Never a single complaint' 

As recently as March, Geikie was the head coach of the Saint John Major Bantam AAA Seadogs.

Steven Jones, president of the New Brunswick Bantam AAA leaque, said Geikie let it be known in October 2016 that he would be finishing his stint as head coach at the end of the year. 

He said he finished the season in March, and his departure had nothing to do with any concerns about a criminal charge. 

Jones added that he "never had a single complaint" about Geikie in the six years he knew him in the League.

Association not aware of complaints 

Geikie also used to be president of the Saint John Youth Minor Hockey Association.

The current president, Gary Sullivan, said he was not aware of any formal complaints about Geikie's conduct during his term.

He said Geikie was cycled out of the presidency when his term expired, but he couldn't recall exactly when that was.

Geikie also worked at the Lord Beaverbrook Arena in Saint John's North End.

In an email to CBC News, Nic Jansen, the executive director of Hockey New Brunswick, said his organization has co-operated with the police investigation into Geikie, "and will continue to do so."

He said he could not comment further while the case is before the courts.