Former star CFL kicker charged with assaulting, sexually assaulting former students

Don Sweet, who is retired and now lives in Kamloops, is charged in connection with alleged offences in Mission in 2007 and 2008.

In February 2020, two former students of Sweet, who are now adults, reported the crimes took place while they were Grade 6 and 7 students at Durieu elementary in Mission, said Mission RCMP Cpl. Jason Raaflaub.

“We are releasing a photo of Mr. Sweet in order to further our investigation and identify anyone who may have more information about these, or other potential offences,” Raaflaub said.

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Sweet, 72, now lives in Kamloops.

A warrant was put out for his arrest and Sweet was briefly taken into custody before being released on March 2, on the condition he appear in Abbotsford provincial court on March 15.

One woman alleged she had been assaulted, while the other reported being sexually assaulted, around 2007 to 2008. The assaults allegedly took place in the Mission school district and in the Conference Centre near Chilliwack, according to police.

Their complaints were initially made through a general duty officer before the Mission RCMP’s serious crime units took over the investigation, Raaflaub said.

Investigators forwarded their findings to Crown counsel and Sweet has now formally been charged with four counts of sexual interference, two counts of sexual assault and one count of assault.

Sweet taught in the Abbotsford school district from 1989 to 2000, then moved to the Mission school district, from which he retired in 2010. He has no criminal record or history of violations under the BC Teacher Regulation Branch.

Sweet was once an all-star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. He won two Grey Cups and was awarded the Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian Awards three times: in 1974, 1977 and 1979. He also holds the record for most points scored by a player in a Grey Cup game — 23 in 1977.

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