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Former Canadian gymnastics coach Dave Brubaker not guilty of sex assault

Former Canadian Gymnastics coach Dave Brubaker arrives at the courthouse with his wife Elizabeth Brubaker in Sarnia, Ont, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Spowart.
Former Canadian Gymnastics coach Dave Brubaker arrives at the courthouse with his wife Elizabeth Brubaker in Sarnia, Ont, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Spowart. - The Canadian Press
SARNIA, Ont. —

A former high-ranking gymnastics coach has been found not guilty of sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

Justice Deborah Austin handed down the decision for Dave Brubaker in a Sarnia, Ont., courtroom today.

Brubaker, the former head coach of the women's national team, was accused of sexually assaulting a young gymnast years ago.

At the beginning of the trial in October, the woman who is now in her 30s testified that Brubaker would kiss her on the lips to say hello and goodbye starting when she was 12 years old.

She also said he touched her inappropriately during sports massages and spooned her in bed while taking naps before practice.

Brubaker said he never took naps with the complainant, and that he thought he was being a supportive coach.

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