A Chilliwack man who has coached youth sports in the community has been charged with sex offences that date back to 2011, said Chilliwack RCMP.
And after being arrested without incident, 35-year-old Richard Codie Hindle (also known as Codie Anderson) appeared in court on Tuesday to answer to those charges.
Hindle who was charged with one count of Sexual Interference with a minor, has been involved with youth and youth sports in the Chilliwack community since 2005.
Specifically, Hindle coached basketball at a local leisure centre as well as at elementary and middle schools, police said. He has also overseen overnight programs, camping trips and a sports Academy.
“We are mindful that there may be other victims who have not reported to police,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Darren Stevely. “We encourage you to talk to your children about any contact they may have had with Mr. Hindle.”
The charges come in the wake of an investigation that was launched in 2016 by the The Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment (UFVRD) after allegations of sexual assault were reported to police.
“If you have any information or believe you or someone you know may have been a victim, please contact the UFVRD and quote file number 2016-6735,” said Stevely. “If you have been a victim and do not reside in the Chilliwack area, please report it to the police in your community.”
Those who would like to share information but want to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text BCTIP and your tip to CRIMES (274637).