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Outburst in court after former Mountie pleads guilty to sex assaults

March 09, 2018 - 10:15 AM

YORKTON, Sask. - Police had to restrain a man after he burst into a Saskatchewan courtroom and demanded closure from a former RCMP officer accused of assaulting him and two other males when they were boys.

The outburst happened Thursday in a Yorkton courtroom when Alan John Davidson pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assault, while a third count was stayed.

The pleas ended a trial that had begun this week for Davidson, who was charged after three people reported to police in 2014 that they had been assaulted while they were living in or visiting Yorkton between 1987 and 1991.

Davidson, who is 62 and now faces a sentencing hearing, was stationed in Regina, Coronach, Lloydminster, North Battleford and Yorkton between 1981 to 1996.

The alleged victim of the third assault had become upset by the defence lawyer's cross-examination and found it difficult to continue his testimony.

He entered the courtroom following word of the plea deal.

Davidson is also to be sentenced in British Columbia where he was found guilty by a B.C. Supreme Court judge last month of indecently assaulting five boys in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

He was found not guilty of two other charges of indecent assault involving two other complainants.

During his trial in Kamloops in September, the complainants testified that the assaults included sexual touching and oral sex.

Court heard Davidson was in his 20s and coached hockey, basketball and baseball at the time of the offences and served as an auxiliary Mountie before later becoming an RCMP officer in Saskatchewan.

The former officer was arrested in March 2014 in Calgary where he was living and working for Alberta's sheriff services.

Davidson, who also served at RCMP detachments in Alberta, retired from the force in August 1996.

(CJGX, The Canadian Press)

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