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Trial set to begin for former Alpine Canada coach Bertrand Charest

Bertrand Charest is seen in a court drawing during a bail hearing, Monday, March 16, 2015 in St-Jerome, Que. The trial of a former national ski coach who faces a host of sex-related charges involving girls and young women between the ages of 12 and 19 is set to begin Monday Feb. 27 2017 in St Jérome, Que.
Bertrand Charest is seen in a court drawing during a bail hearing, Monday, March 16, 2015 in St-Jerome, Que. The trial of a former national ski coach who faces a host of sex-related charges involving girls and young women between the ages of 12 and 19 is set to begin Monday Feb. 27 2017 in St Jérome, Que. Mike McLaughlin/THE CANADIAN PRESS

A trial is set to begin north of Montreal today for a former national ski coach who faces dozens of sex-related charges involving allegations from girls as young as 12.

The 57 charges against Bertrand Charest include sexual assault and breach of trust.

The trial will take place in Saint-Jerome, Que., where Charest has been in custody since his arrest in March 2015.

The allegations date back to the 1990’s and involve locations such as Mont-Tremblant, north of Montreal, and Whistler, B.C., as well as in France, Austria, New Zealand and the United States.

Charest worked with Alpine Canada‘s women’s development team between 1996 and 1998.

The dozen complainants range in age of between 12 and 19.

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