In December 2020, a female complainant reported to police that she had been sexually assaulted by her cheerleading coach. The reported incidents took place in 2013 and 2014 when the complainant was 17 years old and was a cheerleader being coached by him.
Following an investigation by the Edmonton Police Service Sexual Assault Section, Christopher McMurren, 33, of Hamilton, Ontario was charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
McMurren, who was arrested and charged in Edmonton, has since been released on an undertaking. He is scheduled to appear in Edmonton court on July 7, 2021.
Cheer Canada, the national sport organization for cheerleading, suspended McMurren from coaching in July 2020.
McMurren reportedly coached cheerleading in Edmonton from 2011 to 2016. As a result, police believe there may be other complainants. It is important to remember that abuse of a position of trust, authority, or power can invalidate what might otherwise appear to be consent. Complainants are encouraged to come forward by calling the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone or reporting online at https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/ContactEPS/SAOnlineCrimeReport Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.