March 28, 2011
Coach facing sex charges staying in Welland
By ALLAN BENNER, QMI Agency
WELLAND, Ont. -- A former minor hockey coach from Hamilton accused of numerous sexual assaults is reported to be staying here.
Richard McKinnon, 46, faces 21 charges for crimes including sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, sexual exploitation and production of child pornography.
McKinnon is reported to have moved to Welland to stay with his brother, who is acting as his surety, after he was released on $10,000 bail earlier this month.
His court case is subject to two publication bans.
Niagara Regional Police spokesman Const. Nilan Dave said he couldn't comment on McKinnon.
"We can't comment on people's whereabouts or anything like that," he said.
However, he said, generally "if there are any people in our jurisdiction that are causing us any concern or that we need to be aware of, we will do everything we can as a police service to ensure we know their whereabouts when needed, abiding by any conditions they may be under."
Dave said the extent of police response to such an individual in the community "is purely subjective."
"It depends, on a case-by-case basis," he said.