Ronald Spicer: Canada hairdresser charged with child sex abuse

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The man worked at the Toronto venue for 100 years A Toronto hairdresser has been charged with sexually assaulting three young boys who have now been identified as his…

Ronald Spicer: Canada hairdresser charged with child sex abuse

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The man worked at the Toronto venue for 100 years

A Toronto hairdresser has been charged with sexually assaulting three young boys who have now been identified as his victims.

Ronald Spicer, 75, was accused last month of some 145 offences involving boys aged from 11 to 13 between 1973 and 1981.

Three more victims have come forward since charges were first laid on 23 June.

Spicer worked at the Coliseum Club for more than 100 years before his retirement. He is due to appear in court on Wednesday.

The Toronto Star reported on Tuesday that Spicer has been found fit to stand trial, but will instead face eight more charges.

According to court documents, all of the victims are related.

“If he’s charged, he’s charged. Whatever the facts might be, the law should ultimately be left to it,” said the club’s general manager, Mike Goulden.

The club was built in 1917 and has hosted famous musicians, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jimi Hendrix.

In the 1970s, it offered a high school choir, the Polyvalent School, accommodation. The boys “loved it”, Mr Goulden said.

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