A former Winnipeg soccer coach has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing one of his young athletes.
Stephen Theodore Skavinsky pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of sexual interference, sexual exploitation, possession of child pornography and Internet luring.
Skavinsky admitted abusing the girl beginning when she was 12 years old. The abuse ended in May 2010 when the then 14-year-old victim reported Skavinsky to police.
Skavinsky admitted to one incident of sexual intercourse and exchanging “obscene materials” with the girl, Crown attorney Nadine Vasas told court.
According to court documents, Skavinsky started “cultivating a relationship” with the girl in the fall of 2009 and within months was driving her to his St. Boniface home, where he sexually abused her on at least three occasions.
Police executed a search warrant at Skavinsky’s home and seized a computer containing 1,600 images of child pornography. According to police and court documents, Skavinsky and the girl communicated largely via the Internet, cellphone and text message and exchanged sexually explicit pictures of one another.
Skavinsky was a long-time soccer coach and musician who operated a recording studio out of his home. According to online profiles at the time of his arrest, Skavinsky was going through a divorce after 18 years of marriage.
Following his arrest, the province filed a lawsuit seeking forfeiture of Skavinsky’s home, arguing it was used as an “instrument” to abuse the girl. The court later ruled against the province and ordered that it pay Skavinsky’s legal bills.
Skavinsky remains free on bail pending the completion of a court ordered pre-sentence report. A sentencing date will be set later this summer.
This investigation has revealed that between December 2008 and May 2010, a number of serious sexual offences were committed against the victim by this male.
Stephen Theodore SKAVINSKY, 50 years of Winnipeg, has been charged with the following offences:
– Sexual Interference
– Invitation to Sexual Touching
– Sexual Exploitation
– Sexual Assault
– Possessing Child Pornography
– Exposure to person under 14
– Internet Luring (Under the age of 14) X6
SKAVINSKY has been detained in custody at the Provincial Remand Centre.
Stephen Theodore Skavinsky, 50
Crimes: Pled guilty to Internet luring, sexual interference, sexual exploitation and possession of child pornography
Sentence: Will be sentenced later this year
Location: Winnipeg, MB
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