Basketball coach rejects Crown suggestion he ‘groomed’ teen player

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Former Calgary basketball coach Sean Maheu on Thursday denied allegations he groomed a city teen before sexually abusing him.

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Under cross-examination by Crown prosecutor Rose Greenwood, Maheu insisted he was never alone with the teen in the coach’s southwest Calgary home.

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The now-20-year-old complainant said he was sexually assaulted four or five times in Maheu’s bedroom while visiting the coach’s residence.

In a video-recorded interview with sex crimes Det. Trish Allen, the witness said he was both orally and anally violated by Maheu.

But Maheu tested no such contact occurred.

Greenwood suggested differently.

“The truth is that you groomed him with attention and with gifts and you took advantage of that trust and sexually abused him multiple times in your home,” Greenwood charged.

“No,” Maheu said.

“You saw an opportunity with him,” Greenwood said.

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“No,” the accused insisted.

Maheu, 40, faces four sex-related charges involving allegations he abused the teen while the complainant was 14 and 15 years old.

Calgary police have charged former basketball coach Sean Maheu, 38, with several counts of sexually assaulting one of his teen players.
Calgary police have charged former basketball coach Sean Maheu, 38, with several counts of sexually assaulting one of his teen players. Photo by Twitter

The ex-coach said he never took on a father-figure role to the teen.

“You took him under your wing,” Greenwood suggested.

“No, I wouldn’t say I took him under my wing,” Maheu said.

The prosecutor noted the complainant tested he considered his coach a father figure.

“I don’t know what he’s thinking,” the accused said.

He said his treatment of the complainant was similar to the work he did with other players he coached.

“I wouldn’t say it was different than any of the other kids I was helping.”

Maheu denied being close to the teen.

“We would barely talk,” he said.

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“So you’re saying you weren’t particularly close?”

“Yes,” Maheu said.

While Maheu insisted he was never alone with the complainant in the coach’s home, Greenwood noted the teen’s family’s former nanny tested otherwise.

The woman gave evidence on Monday that when the complainant’s mother was considering renting Maheu’s basement suite the teen and his siblings were at the house before the nanny left with the other kids, leaving the accused and his accuser alone.

“She places you alone in your house,” Greenwood said.

“I just don’t remember (that),” Maheu said.

He said the only time the complainant was at his residence is when his whole family, including his mom, came to view the basement suite and stayed for an hour at most.

His trial is expected to wrap up on Friday.

KMartin@postmedia.com

On Twitter: @KMartinCourts

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