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Edmonton basketball coach charged in connection with alleged sexual assault – Edmonton


An Edmonton basketball coach is facing charges after a teenage girl alleged he sexually assaulted her at a hotel earlier this year.

Ronald William Olson, 48, has been charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation, administering a noxious thing and possession of a controlled drug.

In a news release, Edmonton police said a 16-year-old girl filed a report in June claiming that her basketball coach had sexually assaulted her.

She alleged the incident took place at a hotel in early 2024, where the accused accompanied the girl to a basketball development camp outside of Edmonton.


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“It was reported to police that the coach produced bottles of alcohol and hallucinogenic drugs and encouraged the complainant to consume them,” the Edmonton Police Service said in the release.

“Once intoxicated, he sexually assaulted the complainant.”

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EPS said Olson has been released on orders to abide by the following conditions:

  • Not having contact with anyone under the age of 16 outside of incidental or superficial contact, such as customer/employee interactions at a workplace or business
  • Not attending any public swimming area, school/school yard, daycare, playground, youth shelter or public library
  • Not seeking or maintaining any volunteer or employment position that is a position of trust or authority over a person under 16 years of age

Police said Olson has reportedly been coaching basketball in Edmonton since 2015. As a result, police believe there may be other complainants.

“It is important to remember that abuse of a position of trust, authority or power can invalidate what might otherwise appear to be consent,” police said.

Complainants are encouraged to come forward by calling the EPS. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers.

Olson is scheduled to appear in an Edmonton court on Wednesday.

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