Matt Bell, a member of Canada’s 2015 Junior World Championships coaching staff, has been arrested and charged with sexual assault and luring of a minor.
Bell is the high performance coach and CEO of Ajax Aquatic Club in Ajax, Ontario. He put an Ajax athlete onto Canada’s Junior World Championships team this past summer and was selected as a coach for that team at the meet in Singapore.
The Durham Regional Police report that the 35-year-old Bell was arrested Tuesday for an alleged sexual assault from 2011.
DRP reports that the accuser, who was a teenage girl, reported the sexual assault, leading to an investigation being launched by the DRPS Sexual Assault Unite. The alleged victim was a member of the Ajax Swimming club where Bell coached.
Bell will be hit with three different charges:
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Exploitation
- Luring a Person Under 18 Years
Based on the DRP report, it appears he will be charged with one count each of sexual assault and sexual exploitation along with four counts of the luring a person under 18 years charge (which is listed with “x4” after it in the report).