Don Sweet faces multiple sex charges in connection with alleged assaults on two students.
Don Sweet, a former Mission school teacher and retired Canadian Football League star, faces sex charges in connection with alleged assaults on two students.
Mission RCMP say two women have accused Sweet of sexually assaulting them while they were Grade 6 and 7 students at Durieu Elementary School in 2007 and 2008.
Police alleged the assault occurred on school property and at a conference centre in Chilliwack.
The 72-year-old Sweet, who served as a teacher and a school principal in the Mission school district before retiring in 2010, has been charged with four counts of sexual interference, two counts of sexual assault and one count of assault.
Mission RCMP’s serious crimes unit is asking witnesses or anyone with information to contact police or Crimestoppers.
“We are releasing a photo of Mr. Sweet in order to further our investigation and identify anyone who may have more information about these, or other potential offences,” said Mission RCMP Cpl. Jason Raaflaub.
Sweet played 14 years in the Canadian Football League, mostly with the Montreal Alouettes/Concordes, and won two Grey Cup championships, in 1974 and 1977. The Vancouver-born place kicker was named top Canadian in the Grey Cup on three occasions.
Sweet also spent many years working as a kicking consultant with the B.C. Lions, but has not been involved with the team since 2018.
A B.C. Lions spokesperson said the team first became aware of the allegations against Sweet on Saturday.
He is to appear in Abbotsford provincial court on March 15.
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