Former coach pleads guilty to sex abuse charge

A 56-year-old former hockey coach pleaded guilty to sexual interference of two boys, who were 11 and 13 at the time.

He was someone parents thought could be trusted.

A 56-year-old former hockey coach pleaded guilty to sexual interference of two boys, who were 11 and 13 at the time.

John “Jack” Wright of Chilliwack, 58, fostered relationships with boys over period of three years, according to RCMP.

“The parents of the boys felt that Wright was like a grandfather to their children,” said RCMP Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth.

He was arrested last July after disclosures were made by victims and evidence was seized from his home following a search warrant.

The guilty plea was made Jan. 31.

He lived in a Rosedale trailer park for 20 years, but more recently had moved into Chilliwack.

Alleged criminal sexual acts committed by Wright, happened while the children were in his care.

On the heels of his arrest, he was given no contact conditions for anyone under 16, and a no go order for parks, schools, playgrounds, day care centres, pools, rinks and community centre, and no possession of any weapons.

Wright will be sentenced Sept. 20, said police.

“Investigation to date has revealed that Mr. Wright was once a hockey coach,” said Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth.

“Chilliwack RCMP Serious Crime Section currently investigating and considering the possibility of other victims and are asking them to come forward.”

Anyone who is a victim of Wright, or has information that he has breached the conditions of his release are asked to call the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611.

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