Man who offered “therapy sessions” to young people at churches in British Columbia charged with seven additional historical sexual assaults after case made public

Coquitlam, BC – A Coquitlam man who was a member of several churches has been charged with seven additional counts of sexual assault following a public notification two months ago. Now, Coquitlam RCMP is looking for additional victims who may have had contact with Raymond Howard Gaglardi.

On July 14, 2020, Coquitlam RCMP announced six charges against 75-year-old Gaglardi and asked for other victims and witnesses to step forward.

Witnesses and victims have been incredible, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. Their courage to speak has led directly to these seven additional charges. We want to assure them, and everyone involved, that our investigation is not over.

On September 28, 2020, 75-year-old Gaglardi was charged with more offences:

Sexual assault (x6), section 271(1) of the Criminal Code,

Sexual exploitation, section 153 of the Criminal Code.



All nine victims were young men or teenage boys in Coquitlam at the time of the alleged offences. Coquitlam RCMP’s Sex Crimes Unit is now re-focussing on crimes that may have happened in other jurisdictions. One of the avenues investigators are pursuing involves witnesses or victims who may have been part of Glad Tidings Church (Vancouver) or Glad Tidings Summer Camp (Sechelt) in the 1970s and 1980s.

Raymond Howard Gaglardi - charged with seven additional counts of sexual assault
(RCMP) 75-year-old Raymond Howard Gaglardi – charged with seven additional counts of sexual assault

If you think you were a victim, or you know someone who was, please call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask to speak to the Sex Crimes Unit (file #2019-38332).

BACKGROUND:

2020-07-14 11:16 PDT

A Coquitlam man is facing six allegations of historical sexual abuse involving three teenage boys and one young man, and Mounties are releasing the suspect’s name and photo to identify any additional victims or witnesses who have not yet spoken to police.

It takes tremendous courage for adult men to come forward about abuse that happened when they were young, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. In order to further this investigation, and protect any future victims, it’s important that we speak to others who may have been keeping this difficult secret.

Coquitlam RCMP began the investigation in December of 2019. It has led to the following charges against 75-year-old Raymond Howard Gaglardi:

Four counts of sexual assault contrary to section 271(1) of the Criminal Code,

Two counts of sexual exploitation contrary to section 153 of the Criminal Code.

Gaglardi also went by the name ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’ and offered therapy sessions to young people that he met primarily through their parents at church. The alleged offences happened between 1993 and 2007 in Gaglardi’s home in Coquitlam.

Gaglardi has been associated to multiple churches in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam including Hillside Community Church, Austin Avenue Chapel and Evergreen Evangelical.

Church leaders have done everything they can to help police and make sure their parishioners are safe, says Corporal McLaughlin. As we expand the investigation, we must remind people that the timeframe, locations, and gender of the victims may also expand.

Gaglardi has been arrested and released with conditions including:

Not to be alone with anyone under 18 unless he is in public,

Not to be alone with anyone under 18 unless that person’s parents are aware of these charges.

If you have any information about allegations surrounding Gaglardi, please call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask to speak to the Sex Crimes Unit (file #2019-38332).

Coquitlam RCMP



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