4 06 2008

Alta. volunteer with the disabled accused of sexual exploitation

Canwest News Service

Calgary Herald

3 June 2008

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=54ab0647-dfe4-4148-894f-4ba55b97e2a1

Calgary – A man who volunteered with disabled adults has been charged with sexual exploitation and Calgary police are contacting other city agencies to look for other potential victims.

Police said the 49-year-old caregiver met a mentally disabled woman in her 30s at a singalong and dance organized by the Independent Living Resource Centre of Calgary.

The caregiver was a friend of a centre staff member who was a chaperone at the event.

Police allege the caregiver engaged in a relationship involving sexual touching later, police say.

Police began their investigation in March after getting a report from a third person.

The relationship allegedly occurred over six months, said Staff Sgt. Curtis Olson of the sex crimes unit.

Allan George Robinson, 49, of Calgary, is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a person with a disability.

He is expected to appear in court today.

Police are contacting other agencies to find out if similar incidents have occurred.

“Our investigators have been in contact with different agencies that he’s been involved with,” said Olson.

“At this time, we’re unaware of any other offences involving Mr. Robinson.”

The centre says Robinson was not an official volunteer, however they said they will begin reviewing internal procedures for events held off-site.

“Nothing inappropriate occurred during our event,” said the non-profit centre’s executive director Robert Mitchell.

“We are taking the incident very seriously and will be conducting a full and thorough internal inquiry into the matter,” he said, adding the centre is co-operating with police during the investigation.

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