A former leading gymnastics coach who was accused of a sexual assault told his trial on Thursday, when he apologized to his accuser for "crossing the line," which did not refer to any sexual offenses.
Dave Brubaker said he had written a letter expressing his distress to a former trainee because he had gone beyond the limits of a typical athlete's trainer's relationship by driving him to practice and taking her on family trips, among other things – but he was not insisted on sexual behavior.
Brubaker, once the director of the national gymnastics team for women, has pleaded innocently to one assault of sexual assault and one count of invitation to sexual touch in his sole test judge in Sarnia, Ont. The payments relate to alleged incidents between 2000 and 2007.
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"Border crime in sport is very clear," said Brubaker as he proves himself in his own defense, explaining that he had taken courses in the matter. "You do not drive a child to the school. You do not connect them outside the gym. You do not connect them to social media."
The complainant, now in his 30s, has testified that Brubaker would pick up her from school to go to house, where she would burn her in The bed sometimes and ticks his belly before driving to practice.
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Brubaker denied the allegations, saying that there would have been no opportunity in bed with the complainant because his wife was usually at home when the bulls brought home.
"It has never happened," he said.
He said when he wrote the letter including his apology – a note written when the police questioned – it was referring to sexual abuse but to the family role that took it in the life of the complainant.
Brubaker said he felt he had to write the letter from the police officer who was interviewing him at the time.
"[The officer] tell me what to say. He told me what to write, "he said.
A video of Brubaker police interview was allowed to be evidence on Thursday. The fact was that it was acceptable when the court heard that the police questioned Brubaker, who was the only officer investigating the case, was asked to be acceptable. complainant through marriage.
The complainant also testified that Brubaker would kiss her lips to say hello and great fun started when she was 12 years old.
Brubaker acknowledged the aggregate of the complainant on the lips, but he refused to start the habit.
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"I think it's unused … that she started to get me tired," he said, insisting that the pig was innocent. "I'm not from a light family, so for me, it's just part of a gymnastics culture. I do not need something like a man."
Brubaker's wife, who also testified on Thursday, said that although the complainant was the only gymnastics and her husband kissed on the lips, they also kissed parents and gymnastics on the lips as a greeting .
The gymnastics has also told the trial that Brubaker from time to time touches her unsuitable during sports teams – Brubaker's allegation firmly denies.
He said he would prepare the area where his highest point was to meet a public area, as well as the area around his breast to get pectoral muscles, but he was holding his It's all to improve its performance in the sport.
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An expert witness who certified earlier on Thursday said that sports massages such as those administered by Brubaker were crucial to success in gymnastics.
"It is required," said Ronald Weese, a sports physiologist with expertise in training gymnastics instructors. "You can not get it[electronics[O"[toanelitelevel[Fromherewithoutanemphasisonthesmallfinerdetails"[ilefelelitaidd[O'rfanhonhebbwyslaisarymanylionbachterfynach”[toanelitelevel[ fromherewithoutanemphasisonthesmallfinerdetails”
Weese said that the muscles in those parts of the body are extremely important to gymnastics, which are used when making cuts or raising themselves. He also said that it was possible for an inexperienced sports therapist to touch the body's wrong part in these massages.
"I'm sure slips are going through the time, but you're the most specialized about it," she said.
When asked by the Crown, Weese said it would be unusual for an instructor to lie behind an athlete and rub his belly.
The Crown and defense are expected to submit closing arguments on Friday.