Police looking for more victims and witnesses of man accused of sexual abuse at church
2020-07-14 11:16 PDT
File # 2019-38332
Raymond Howard Gaglardi is Caucasian, slim, has grey hair that may have been dyed brown, and is 165 cm (5’5) and about 70 kg (154 lbs)
A Coquitlam man is facing six allegations of historical sexual abuse involving three teenage boys and one young man, and Mounties are releasing the suspect’s name and photo to identify any additional victims or witnesses who have not yet spoken to police.
It takes tremendous courage for adult men to come forward about abuse that happened when they were young, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP.
In order to further this investigation, and protect any future victims, it’s important that we speak to others who may have been keeping this difficult secret.
Coquitlam RCMP began the investigation in December of 2019. It has led to the following charges against 75-year-old Raymond Howard Gaglardi:
- Four counts of sexual assault contrary to section 271(1) of the Criminal Code,
- Two counts of sexual exploitation contrary to section 153 of the Criminal Code.
Gaglardi also went by the name ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’ and offered therapy sessions to young people that he met primarily through their parents at church. The alleged offences happened between 1993 and 2007 in Gaglardi’s home in Coquitlam.
Gaglardi has been associated to multiple churches in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam including Hillside Community Church, Austin Avenue Chapel and Evergreen Evangelical.
Church leaders have done everything they can to help police and make sure their parishioners are safe, says Corporal McLaughlin.
As we expand the investigation, we must remind people that the timeframe, locations, and gender of the victims may also expand.
Gaglardi has been arrested and released with conditions including:
- Not to be alone with anyone under 18 unless he is in public,
- Not to be alone with anyone under 18 unless that person’s parents are aware of these charges.
If you have any information about allegations surrounding Gaglardi, please call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask to speak to the Sex Crimes Unit (file #2019-38332).
Cpl. Michael McLaughlinMedia Relations Officer
coquitlam.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y5
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