Lethbridge Police charge gymnastics coach in connection with additional sexual assaults

Lethbridge, Alberta – A Lethbridge gymnastics coach previously charged with sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl at his gym, is now facing additional charges in connection with incidents involving three more young girls who attended the facility.

On July 12, 2022 police initially charged 33-year-old Jamie Ellacott with sexual assault and sexual interference involving a seven-year-old girl he was coaching at the Lethbridge Gymnastics Academy. Following further investigation, three additional victims, ages 10, 12 and 14, were identified. The three girls were sexually assaulted during sessions at the gym in May 2022.

On Aug. 10, 2022 Ellacott was arrested without incident and charged with three further counts of sexual assault and sexual interference. He was released from custody and is bound by numerous conditions including no contact with any of the victims or witnesses.

Ellacott is scheduled to appear in court on the new charges on Aug. 31, 2022.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call police at 403-328-4444 and reference file 22014303.

No further details will be released and police will not provide further comment at this time.

Lethbridge Police Service

BACKGROUND

July 14, 2022

Lethbridge gymnastics coach charged with sexual assault of a seven-year-old girl

Lethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge Police have charged a local gymnastics coach in connection with the sexual assault of a seven-year-old girl.

On July 5, 2022 police responded to a report that a seven-year-old girl was sexually assaulted while attending a session at the Lethbridge Gymnastics Academy along the 3200 block of 32 Street North. Further investigation by members of the Violent Crimes Unit determined the child was sexually assaulted by her coach during sessions at the gym between May and June 2022.

Lethbridge gymnastics coach charged with sexual assault of a seven-year-old girl
Lethbridge gymnastics coach charged with sexual assault of a seven-year-old girl

The 33-year-old male coach was arrested without incident on July 12.

Jamie Ellacott, 33, of Lethbridge, is charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.

Following a Judicial Interim Release hearing on July 13, Ellacott was released from custody and is bound by numerous conditions including:

No contact with the victim

No contact or communication directly or indirectly with any person under the age of 16 unless in the presence of a responsible adult

Prohibited from attending any public swimming area, school and school yard, daycare, youth shelter or public library

Prohibited from seeking or maintaining any employment or volunteer position involving a position of trust or authority over a person under the age of 16

Police have also notified the Alberta Gymnastics Federation, the governing body for gymnastics in Alberta.

At this time no additional victims have been identified or come forward.

Investigation in the matter is ongoing. No additional information will be released and police will not provide further comments at this time.

Lethbridge Police Service

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