Police Arrest Diving Coach on Sex-Related Charges

A previous Victoria area diving coach, who worked at Boardworks at Saanich Commonwealth Place, was arrested in Edmonton, Alberta, yesterday morning,  May 8, 2013 by the  Edmonton Police Service Child Protection Section, for sex-related allegations.

Saanich Police commenced an investigation into the actions of 43 year old Trevor Palmatier in early March 2013.  To date, two complainants have come forward with information relating to the active investigation.

Based on the information provided by one of the complainants, Crown approved a total of three (3) charges against Palmatier and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  The Edmonton Police Service assisted by locating and arresting Palmatier on the oustanding warrant.  Palmatier made a brief court appearance in Edmonton and has been remanded in custody.  Palmatier will be attending Court in Victoria within the next six days.

The charges relate to allegations that Palmatier had sexual contact with a teenaged male diving athlete in Victoria between the years 2004 and 2006, while Palmatier was employed as a diving coach for the youth.  The approved charges include two counts of Sexual Exploitation, and one count of Procuring the Sexual Services of a person under 18.

Palmatier coached at SCP for approximately 10 years, until  2007. Prior to that, he was employed as a diving coach with the Vancouver Aquatic Centre.  Palmatier has been coaching in Edmonton since 2008 through his personal business Big Dog Diving.

Saanich Police Detectives continue their investigation and encourage the public to contact the Major Crime Tip line at 250-475-4356, if they feel they have information which may assist investigators.

File 13-4297


Posted by Sgt. Steve Eassie  for D/Sgt. Nancy Meville and D/Cst. Jeff Bevington

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