A North Vancouver Provincial Court judge sentenced former Vancouver Whitecaps and Canada Soccer coach Bob Birarda to two years for sexual offenses involving four female athletes.
Judge Deanne Gaffar said Birarda had “immeasurably harmed” and violated the sexual integrity of four “young” footballers, three of whom were under 18 at the time.
Gaffar says Birarda will spend nearly 16 months of his sentence in prison, while the remaining eight months will be served in the community under conditions not yet imposed.
It will be followed by a probationary period of three years.
Gaffar says Birarda was in a position of trust with each of the victims, who feared the rejection of his interest in them would harm their football careers.
Birarda, 55, pleaded guilty in February to three counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual touching involving teenagers.
The Canadian Press
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