Calgary trial set for ex-Young Canadians staffer facing sex charges

Philip Heerema faces several sex-related charges after being arrested on Thursday. Obtained by Global News

A trial date has been set on child sex abuse charges against a longtime employee of the Calgary performance group Young Canadians.

Philip Heerema, who is 53, faces 22 charges — including sexual assault and making child pornography — in a four-week trial to begin on Jan. 15, 2018.

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Police began investigating in January 2014 after a man came forward saying he had been victimized as a teen in 1997.

The complainant said he was a performer and Heerema was in a position of authority over him.

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Police said that after the initial complaint was made, other men came forward, who were all between 15 and 18 years old at the time of the alleged offences.

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

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