A former senior gym trainer accused of sexual assault told his trial on Thursday that when he apologized to the accuser for "crossing the line," he did not mean sexual offenses.
Dave Brobeker said he wrote a letter expressing his regret about a former apprentice because he went beyond the athletic relationship of an athletic coach by motivating her to train and take her on family trips, among other things – but he did not insist that the behavior was sexual.
Brovker, once the head of the National Women's Exercise Team, admitted one sexual assault charge and one book of an invitation to sexual orientation in a judge's case in Sarnia, Ont. The charges relate to alleged events between 2000 and 2007.
"Border offenses in sports are very clear," he said, as he testified in his defense, explaining that he took courses on the subject. "You do not drive a child to school, you do not turn to them outside the gym, you do not contact the social media."
The complainant, now in her thirties, testified that Robakker would pick her up from school and take her home, where he would occasionally cover her in bed and tickle her stomach before driving her to practice.
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Robakker denied the allegations and said that there was no opportunity to lie in bed with the complainant because his wife was usually at home when he brought the teen back to their home.
"It never happened," he said.
He said that when he wrote the letter containing his apology – a note written when he was interrogated by the police – he meant not sexual offenses, but the family role he received in the life of the complainant.
Brobeker said he felt obliged to write the letter by a policeman who was interviewing him at the time.
"[The officer] He told me what to say. He told me what to write, "he said.
A video of Brubaker's police interview was allowed for testimonies on Thursday. Its admissibility was raised when the court heard that a police officer interrogating Roboacker, who was the only officer who investigated the case, was connected to the complainant in a marriage.
The complainant also testified that Robakker would kiss her on her lips to say goodbye and say goodbye when she was 12 years old.
Brobeker knew of the kiss on the worshiper, but denied that he had initiated the practice.
"I think it's just out of habit … that she started kissing me," he said, insisting that the kisses were innocent. "I do not come from a family kiss, so for me it's just part of a gymnastics culture, it's not something I need as a man."
Brovker's wife, who also testified on Thursday, said that while the complainant was the only gymnast she and her husband kissed on the lips, they also kissed the gymnasts' parents on the lips as a blessing.
The gymnast also told the story that Brobker occasionally touched on during sports – a claim that Brobker had vehemently denied.
He said he would polish the area where her upper thigh met her pubic area, as well as the area around her chest to reach the chest muscles, but argued that all this could improve her performance in sports.
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An up-to-date expert who testified earlier on Thursday said that sports massages such as those managed by Brubaker were critical to success in gymnastics.
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Weiss said that the muscles in these parts of the body are most important for gymnasts, who use them while splitting or to lift themselves. He also said it was possible for an experienced sports therapist to touch the wrong part of the body in these massages.
"I'm sure coupons occur all the time, but the more expert you are about it the less they occur," he said.
When questioned by the Crown, Weiss said it would be unusual for a coach to lie behind an athlete and rub her stomach.
Crown and defense are expected to submit closing arguments on Friday.