François Lamarre, the former SPVM police officer and hockey coach who was accused of multiple accounts of sexual assault on minors, has died at the age of 72.
According to Longueuil Police (Service de police de l’agglomération de Longueuil), Lamarre died of natural causes on Sunday, July 26.
Lamarre was arrested in December for several cases of sexual offence against boys aged nine to 16 that allegedly took place between 1972 and 1997.
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Lamarre lived in the South Shore’s Greenfield Park and coached minor league hockey in the 1970s and 80s while working as a police officer for the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal.
According to SPAL in December 2019, some of the boys were hockey players and others were allegedly neighbours. Complainants told officials at the time that the assaults took place over several years.
Investigators claim the alleged incidents did not happen while Lamarre was on duty but his victims were aware he was a police officer. Lamarre retired in 1994.
Le @PoliceSPAL confirme le décès de François LAMARRE, policier retraité du SPVM, arrêté le 3 décembre pour des crimes à caractère sexuel sur des mineurs, alors qu’il était entraîneur de hockey à Greenfield Park. Lamarre est décédé le 26 juillet de cause naturelle. pic.twitter.com/F6bXThZz6P
— Police de Longueuil (@PoliceSPAL) July 28, 2020
Lamarre was scheduled to appear in court at the beginning of August.