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Former Vancouver Whitecaps coach Birarda to apologize for intercourse offences

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VANCOUVER — A former coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian nationwide youth soccer groups is predicted to make a public apology immediately in court docket for intercourse crimes.

Bob Birarda, 55, pleaded responsible in February to a few counts of sexual assault and one rely of sexual touching for offences involving 4 totally different folks between 1988 and 2008.

Birarda’s lawyer Invoice Sensible instructed a sentencing listening to at a North Vancouver provincial court docket that the previous coach will make a press release in court docket immediately.

Sensible is arguing Birarda ought to face a complete one-year sentence for the offences, consisting of eight months in jail and a four-month conditional sentence order.

The Crown has beneficial a jail sentence of two years much less a day, a cumulative sentence for the offences, plus three years’ probation.

Every of the circumstances concerned Birarda’s interactions with soccer gamers who have been below 18, with the age hole rising over time from 4 or 5 years to 23 years.

Birarda was dismissed by each the Whitecaps and Canada Soccer in October 2008.

Sensible says Birarda has admitted his guilt and co-operated with Crown prosecutors.

“This can be a match sentence when contemplating numerous mitigating components together with that Mr. Birarda has no felony file, he’s sincerely remorseful and clearly understands the profound hurt he has precipitated his victims and the wrongfulness of his actions,” Sensible says.

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