SARNIA – The trial of a former Canadian national gymnastics coach charged with sex offences didn’t get off the ground as scheduled Monday and won’t be finished this week.
A last-minute issue came up that forced both Lambton County Crown attorney David Rows and defence lawyer Patrick Ducharme to request an adjournment until Tuesday at the trial of David Brubaker, 55, the Bluewater Gymnastics coach.
Brubaker is facing 10 charges, all sex-related, in connection with a 16-year-old girl between 2000 and 2007.
Rows told Ontario Court Justice Deborah Austin that “an issue arose on Friday afternoon” and the information was relayed to Ducharme, with more sent to him on Saturday.
Ducharme said the new information “is dramatic enough that it impacts on every aspect of the evidence in the trial.”
He wanted more time to prepare. He also said the three days set aside for the trial weren’t likely to be enough and asked that two more days at a later date be added to the trial schedule.
Two civilian witnesses who are expected to testify were told of the adjournment by the Crown and agreed they’d be available to testify Tuesday.
Brubaker was the director the of a local gym for more than 30 years.
He’s charged with one count of inviting sexual touching and three counts each of sexual interference, sexual exploitation and sexual assault.
He was also a coach for the Canadian women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 and the 2016 Summer Olympics. He also served as the women’s team director at the 2017 world championships in Montreal.
Brubaker was placed on an unpaid leave after he was charged in December 2017. He no longer works for the Bluewater club.
He’s been on bail since his arrest on terms that include he stay away from 23 named people, including the complainant.