HAMILTON – A former coach of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy is facing charges of luring children.
Police in Halton Region, Ontario, report that John Hashimoto is also involved in the organization of Baseball Canada and smaller baseball in Hamilton.
The accused, 56 years old, is a retired teacher.
According to information from investigators, the man used the pseudonym David or David 46 in his online exchanges.
Authorities believe he may have cost more lives. The charges are related to luring a person under the age of 16 and inciting sexual contact.
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“We are very concerned about learning the nature of the allegations against a former seasonal employee,” the organization replied to the Blue Jays, specifying that they could not comment further since it is a legal matter.
John Hashimoto worked as a seasonal employee for the Blue Jays between 2006 and 2020. His contract was terminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organization assures that an annual criminal background check has been carried out, and that the last one took place in November 2019.
In addition, the Blue Jays specify that annual training is mandatory for the coaches and that it is forbidden to be alone with underage participants.
Ugo Giguère, The Canadian Press