By: Cam Fortems, Kamloops This Week
A former Mountie accused of sexually assaulting young boys when he coached hockey in Clearwater has been ordered to stand trial on the charges.
Alan Davidson, 60, was arrested in March 2014 and charged in connection with the historic offences. At the time of his arrest in 2014, Davidson was working as a deputy sheriff in Alberta.
A preliminary hearing was held in provincial court in Kamloops this week. Judge Stephen Harrison ordered Davidson to stand trial on seven counts of indecent assault by a male on a male person, as the Criminal Code was worded at the time of the alleged offences.
An eighth charge was stayed by the Crown after a complainant who was called to testify in this week’s hearing failed to attend.
Last year Davidson was charged with three counts of sexual assault involving young boys in Yorktown, Sask., where he worked as an RCMP constable between 1986 and 1993.
The 16-month investigation into Davidson’s actions came about after a Lower Mainland man went to police in 2012 claiming he had been sexually assaulted by his hockey coach in Clearwater in the early 1980s.
Seven additional complainants came forward during the course of the RCMP investigation.
Davidson was an officer in Saskatchewan from 1982 to 1996 and was posted in Regina, Coronach, Lloydminster, Yorkton and North Battleford.
Police said that, after he left the RCMP, Davidson lived in Camrose and Calgary in Alberta, as well as in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island.