Winnipeg high school football coach Kelsey McKay charged with five counts of sexual assault

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Kelsey McKay, a prominent high school football coach in Winnipeg, was arrested this week and charged with five counts of sexual assault, four counts of sexual exploitation, four counts of luring, and one count of sexual interference.

Five adults contacted the Winnipeg Police Service’s Sex Crimes Unit earlier this month and reported that they had been sexually assaulted by the same individual while playing football at Churchill High School and Vincent Massey Collegiate between 2004 and 2011.

According to the Winnipeg Police Service, McKay is alleged to have forged relationships with these students, regularly communicating with them, and the majority of the alleged offences occurred at the suspect’s residence.

McKay coached at Churchill High School in Winnipeg for 19 years before starting the football program at Vincent Massey Collegiate in 2009. The Trojans are the reigning Manitoba High School Athletics Association Division One champions, defeating the Grant Park Pirates by a score of 25-2 in the championship game this past November.

Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg is not to be confused with Vincent Massey High School, which is located in Brandon.

The 51-year-old McKay has been released on crown consent with conditions, per the criminal code.

The Sex Crimes Unit have asked anyone with information pertaining to the ongoing investigation to call 204-986-6245. Other supportive resources include WPS Victim Services at 204-986-6350 and the Klinic Sexual Assault Crisis Line at 204-786-8631.