Gymnastics coach Scott McFarlane acquitted of sexual assault charges

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Coach gymnast Scott McFarlane acquitted of sexual assault charges

Scott McFarlane has been found not guilty of the charges against him.

Scott McFarlane, 33, has been acquitted of sexual assault charges in connection with his work as a gymnastics coach in Mississauga.

He had been charged in January 2018 following allegations about a 15-year-old gymnast he was training at Manjak Gymnasium.

He originally faced charges of sexual assault, luring a person under 16, sexual interference with a person under 16, presenting explicit sexual material to a person under 16. and exhibitionism against a person under the age of 16.

The acquittal was pronounced Monday morning in Brampton Court. All evidence presented during the trial is under a publication ban.

Scott McFarlane, who remains suspended from coaching gymnastics in Canada, is originally from Ottawa. There he worked as a coach at Tumbler's Gymnastics Center in Orleans, in the southeastern suburbs.

He had been fired from that job due to allegations of inappropriate communications with a young 12-year-old girl he was coaching. These allegations were never proven in court.

The reasons for his departure had never been disclosed, until the 2018 charges.

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