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Ex-Young Canadians staffer Philip Heerema to stand trial in child sex abuse scandal

Philip Heerema, 52, faces several sex-related charges after being arrested in June 2015. Obtained by Global News

A former long-time employee of the Young Canadians, a Calgary performance group, has been ordered to stand trial on a string of child sex abuse charges.

Following a preliminary inquiry, a judge ordered Philip Heerema to stand trial Thursday on 22 of 24 charges laid, including sexual assault and making child pornography.

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Police launched an investigation into Heerema in January 2014, after a man came forward claiming he had been victimized as a teen in 1997.

The victim said he was a teenage performer and Heerema was in a position of authority over him at the time.

After receiving the initial complaint, the Calgary Police Service said multiple victims came forward, all of whom are males between the ages of 15 and 18 years old at the time.

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Heerema was with the Young Canadians for 36 years. He resigned from the Young Canadians at the beginning of the investigation.

The case will be back in court in September to set a date for trial.

Watch below: Global’s past coverage of charges against Philip Heerema

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