Calgary, Alberta - A former long-time employee of the Young Canadians, a Calgary performance group, has been ordered to stand trial on a string of child sex abuse charges.
The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts
The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts is an engaging opportunity to train in dance, voice, and performance, by a professional faculty. Training is provided by a diverse team of specialists who foster technical development, artistic creation, and performance excellence.
The Young Canadians School is comprised of 120 dedicated youth from the Calgary area who wish to train in a professional setting. Members train to deliver exceptional performance experiences representing the Calgary Stampede Foundation, and the Calgary Stampede.
Following a preliminary inquiry, a judge ordered Philip Heerema to stand trial Thursday on 22 of 24 charges laid, including sexual assault and making child pornography.
Police launched an investigation into the 52-year-old in January, 2014, after a man came forward claiming he had been victimized as a teen in 1997.
The complainant said he was a teenage performer and Heerema was in a position of authority over him at the time.
After receiving the initial complaint, the Calgary Police Service said multiple complainants came forward, all of whom are males who were between the ages of 15 and 18 years old at the time.
Heerema was with the Young Canadians for 36 years but resigned from the organization at the beginning of the investigation.
The case will be back in court in September to set a date for trial.