The victim is speaking out after a former Calgary lacrosse coach was sentenced to five year in prison over a sexual relationship with a teen.
48-year-old Kelly Feser was convicted on two counts of sexual interference. Court heard Feser abused the girl over four years in his McKenzie Towne home, grooming her cigarettes, alcohol and money from the time she was 13. Testimony presented during the trial said he had sexual relations with the girl two or three times a week.
Although the girl was not a lacrosse player, Lacrosse Calgary suspended Feser from his coaching position.
Now 22, the victim tells Global news she came forward to ensure nobody else got hurt. “It’s been a long journey and … today’s the day I won. I’ll move forward.” In her impact statement, the woman said Feser took her innocence, her childhood and a normal life and that she continues to experience flashbacks and anxiety.
Crown prosecutor Kristi Binns is pleased with the verdict. “I think it was a well-reasoned decision. We’re glad the judge decide that way.”
Feser continues to deny the charges.