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2-year sentence for former BC soccer coach Bob Birarda over sex charges – Trail Daily Times



Former Vancouver Whitecaps and Canada U-20 women’s soccer coach Bob Birarda arrives at Provincial Court for a sentencing hearing, in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, September 2, 2022. Birarda, 55, pleaded guilty in February to three counts of sexual assault. assault and one count of sexual touching for offenses involving four different people between 1988 and 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck


2-year sentence for former BC soccer coach Bob Birarda for sex charges

16 months to spend in prison, 8 months in the community






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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