Former Edmonton cheerleading coach charged with sexual assault
EDMONTON – A former Edmonton cheerleading coach is charged with sexual assault and police believe there may be more victims.
Christopher McMurren, 33, was charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation after a woman told police in December 2020 that her former cheerleading coach sexually assaulted her in 2013 and 2014 at the age of 17.
The Ontario man was arrested and charged in Edmonton. He is due to appear in court on July 7th.
Cheer Canada suspended McMurren in July 2020, the Edmonton Police Service said.
According to EPS, McMurren was a cheerleading coach in Edmonton from 2011 to 2016 and believes there could be more casualties.
“It is important to remember that abuse of a position of trust, authority or power can invalidate what might otherwise appear as consent,” added EPS.
Complainants are advised to call the police at 780-423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
EDMONTON ELKS “AWARE” OF FEES
In a statement to CTV News Edmonton, the Edmonton CFL team said they are aware of the allegations McMurren is facing and that he was a “former member” of their cheer team.
“The team is taking these allegations seriously,” said Allan Watt, Executive Director of Elks.
“The safety of our employees and our work environment is of the utmost importance.”
According to the soccer team, the jubilee team was under the direction of an independent third-party provider at the time.