B.C. man guilty of sexual assault after befriending victims at churches in Metro Vancouver

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – A British Columbia man who is now in his late 70s has been convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault.

Coquitlam resident Raymond Gaglardi appeared in British Columbia Supreme Court in New Westminster on Monday, and court records show he was found guilty of 11 counts.

The charges relate to past sexual assaults of young men or teenage boys who attended several churches in the Coquitlam area between 1993 and 2007.

RCMP said in 2020 that the offenses took place at Gaglardi’s home, where he provided therapy sessions to victims after meeting their parents at churches in Greater Vancouver.

An investigation began in 2019 and the first charges were laid the following year, when Gaglardi was 75.

He is due back in court for a pre-sentence report on December 8.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 27, 2022.

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