Toronto Man Arrested and Charged with Sexually Assaulting Children

Police say 49-year-old Robert Dunford has worked as a children’s hockey and soccer coach.

A Toronto man is out on bail after he was arrested Wednesday in connection with sexual assaults on children.  Police allege Robert Dunford used his position as a children’s coach to befriend the families of a 3-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy.  He was able to be alone with the children, and that’s when the assaults allegedly took place.

“The male has been investigated and charged as a result of allegations of abuse that occurred on a 3-year-old girl in 2007 and a 4-year-old boy in 2013.”said Detective Sergeant Greg Payne with the Child and Youth Advocacy Centre of the Toronto Police Sex Crimes Unit.

49-year-old Robert Dunford has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference.   He was released on bail on Wednesday with the condition that he not be in the presence of anyone under 16 years of age unless he is directly supervised by an adult.

Police are concerned that there may be more victims as Dunford has worked and volunteered as a children’s hockey and soccer coach in the west end of Toronto for years.  Below are some of the locations where Dunford has worked and volunteered.

YMCA Camp Wanakita
- 1883 Koshlong Lake Road

St. Giles Kingsway Presbyterian Church
- 15 Lambeth Road

St. John's Anglican Church
- 288 Humberside Drive

Humberside Pool
- 280 Quebec Street

Karen Kain School of the Arts
- 60 Berl Avenue

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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