A former youth hockey coach accused of sex offenses against a 17-year-old in 1988 will appear in King’s Bench Court in Regina on Tuesday for the start of his trial.
Bernard “Bernie” Lynch faces charges of assault and sexual battery.
Lynch, 68, coached hockey in North America and Europe for more than 40 years, including in Saskatchewan. He was the subject of a Breaking: investigation in 2021, in which parents and players alleged abusive behavior.
His trial in Regina begins Tuesday at 10 a.m. CST.
Lynch was released with conditions in 2021. He had to be of good behavior, report to a probation officer in Regina and live only in an approved residence.
He was only able to contact the alleged victim through a lawyer. Lynch was prohibited from visiting them at their workplace, home or academic institution.
Lynch was also prohibited from using a computer to communicate with a minor, volunteering or obtaining employment in a role that would place him in a position of power among youth, and coaching, recruiting or participating in sports with minors.