Canada Reeling From HS Coach Sex Scandal . . . From 1953!

High School Coach Sex Scandal LogoWow! Leave it to the Canadians to have a HS coach sex scandal going back nearly 60 years! And one that not only involves a coach, but a guy who was also a priest at the time and is now dying of cancer.

Here are the strange details of this story from The Star:

William Hodgson Marshall was a young Roman Catholic priest who taught mathematics with the same zest he coached basketball. That was the one-two punch he delivered to Toronto’s prestigious St. Michael’s College School six decades ago: A high-energy presence in the classroom and the gym to inspire hundreds of boys, including future NHLers.  Today the cleric — now 88, battling cancer and living in retirement — is facing two charges of indecent assault on a former St. Mike’s student, now 72 years old.

The charges came Wednesday, just days after Pope Benedict’s trip to England where he publicly apologized for the international sexual abuse crisis swamping the Catholic Church.  Marshall is at the centre of a second sexual abuse case, in Windsor. He’s facing one count of sexual assault and five counts of indecent assault involving six victims in the border city. Those allegations are from the 1950s and the 1980s.

None of the allegations have been tested in court. The Toronto charges stem from an incident in 1953. At the Basilian-run, all-boys school famed for producing hockey stars, 1953 was a typical year in a decade that sent players like Frank Mahovlich, Dick Duff, Murray Costello and Dave Keon to the NHL.  Mahovlich, now a senator, said through an aide in his Ottawa parliamentary office Wednesday that he doesn’t remember Marshall from his high school days. Duff and Costello could not be reached for comment.

But hockey was not Marshall’s sports passion. It was basketball, at which he excelled as a coach of championship squads. Basketball was also the link between the priest and the Toronto complainant.  It is alleged that in the fall of 1953, Marshall was coaching an after-school basketball program at St. Mike’s. The priest asked the student, then 15 years old, to come into a private room where the boy says he was assaulted. Police believe there may be more alleged victims.