A former hockey coach accused of sexually abusing players was found dead Wednesday.

The Winnipeg Police Service says they do not suspect foul play in the sudden death of Robert “Bob” Dawson. Dawson was accused of sexually assaulting two hockey players between 1993-1995 while he coached in the Assiniboine Park Hockey Association.

Dawson was found after responding to a death at a St. James-Assiniboia-area hotel. 

Two original victims told police the man invited them, separately, to his home, giving them money and alcohol and sexually assaulting them. Police were told by the victims that it was photographed and videotaped. These allegations have not been proved in court.

During his September 1 arrest, he was charged with:

  • Makes, Prints, Publishes or Possession for the Purpose of Publication any Child Pornography (x2)
  • Possession of Child Pornography
  • Forcible Confinement (x2)
  • Sexual Assault (x2)
  • Sexual Exploitation (x2)
  • Sexual Interference (x2)

"The Winnipeg Police Service would like to thank all those individuals who came forward to provide them with valuable information in relation to this investigation," the Winnipeg Police Service says in a statement.

Since his arrest, other victims have come forward. Sex Crimes Unit continued to investigate.