Police lay sexual assault charges against a Calgary basketball coach

Aug 8 2019, 10:52 am

The Calgary Police Service has arrested and charged a basketball coach after he allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage player.

A release from CPS states that the charges were the result of a two-month operation stemming from a 15-year-old boy alleging that he had “inappropriate sexual contact with a man who had ties to a youth basketball initiative.”

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According to the release, 59-year-old Junny Gallaza had allegedly coached and sponsored the boy through Keepers’ Club International as well as purchased items for the boy and driven him to and from games.

It is alleged that Gallaza sexually assaulted the boy on multiple occasions between June 2018 and July 2019 at his own residence.

Police have since charged Gallaza with one count each of invitation to sexual touching, sexual interference, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and obtaining sexual services for consideration.

He is next expected in court on Wednesday, August 21.

The release also noted that anyone who is a victim of crime or knows someone who is can contact the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234 to report.

Tips can also be left anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or by visiting their website.