Former Vancouver Whitecaps, Canada Soccer coach to be sentenced Wednesday

The former head coach of both the Vancouver Whitecaps women’s team and Canadian under-20 women’s soccer team will be sentenced in North Vancouver provincial court Wednesday.

In February, Bob Birarda pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault and one count of touching a young person for a sexual purpose. The charges stemmed from the complaints of four women related to incidents spanning from 1988 to 2006.

The identity of the victims is protected by a publication ban. CBC has learned that all are former soccer players.

Birarda almost certainly faces jail time. Touching a young person for a sexual purpose draws a minimum sentence of one year and a maximum of

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