RCMP investigating allegations of historical sexual assault by former local minor hockey coach
File # 2011-8357
2011-12-08 10:30 PST
The Prince Rupert RCMP are currently investigating allegations of historical sexual assault by former Prince Rupert Minor Hockey Association coach Robert John Paolinelli. Robert Paolinelli 42 yrs old, is currently facing sexual assault related charges in Spruce Grove, Alberta.
On October 21st, 2011, the Prince Rupert RCMP opened an investigation into Robert John Paolinelli’s past youth hockey coaching and refereeing activities, while he was associated to the Prince Rupert Minor Hockey Association back in the mid eighties to late nineties. Recent disclosures by the Stony Plain Alberta RCMP announcing Paolinelli’s arrest and charges being laid for sexual assault, sexual exploitation and forcible confinement generated high public attention in Alberta and in British Columbia. The Prince Rupert investigation was prompted by a public complaint being received.
“To date, we have spoken to one young man who made the difficult decision to speak with investigators and we believe that there may be others who were victimized by Paolinelli, during his tenure as a hockey coach/referee in Prince Rupert. Given the stigma and long lasting negative effects suffered by victims of such crimes, we have an important role to play not only in investigating the allegations, but in ensuring that the appropriate support is provided for victims of these crimes. This support includes maintaining their privacy throughout the investigation and are asking that victims or witnesses come forward.” stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk.
The Prince Rupert RCMP General Investigation Section, ask that anyone with information with respect to this investigation contact them at 250-627-0700.