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Female Vernon hockey player’s alleged sexual assault case back on trial

Former Vernon Lakers team coach facing charge stemming from 2004 incident

A woman alleged to have been sexually assaulted by her hockey coach is recounting her experience once again.

The victim, whose identity is protected, is back in Vernon Supreme Court Monday, May 27, detailing her younger days on the ice.

The accused, Keith Chase, has pleaded not guilty to a sexual assault alleged to have taken place in 2004.

Chase was charged in 2020, found guilty in 2022 and sentenced to two years in 2023. But he appealed the conviction and his new trial is currently underway.

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Const. Shaun Miranda was the first witness called.

A member since 2017 in Vernon, Miranda said he took the call from the victim Feb. 7, 2020 when she reported it to police.

He took her statement the following day, where she alleged the incident took place the night before a hockey game in Kamloops.

The victim also took the stand Monday, explaining how she knew Chase since she played ringette at age five or six and later hockey.

“I was very athletic and loved all sports,” she said.

Her testimony, along with that of her father, is continuing with the trial, expected to last two to three days.

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