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Former Mission faculty instructor and CFL star charged with intercourse offences

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Don Sweet faces multiple sexual charges related to the alleged assault on two students.

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Scott Brown

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March 08, 2021 • • 26 minutes ago • • 1 minute read • • Join the conversation Former missionary teacher Don Sweet has faced several sexual charges related to alleged assaults on two students. Photo by handout RCMP

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Don Sweet, a former mission school teacher and retired Canadian Football League star, faces sexual assault charges for alleged assaulting two students.

According to Mission RCMP, two women accused Sweet of sexually assaulting her when they were 6th and 7th grade students at Durieu Elementary School in 2007 and 2008.

Police alleged the attack took place on school grounds and at a conference center in Chilliwack.

72-year-old Sweet, who served as a teacher and principal in the mission school district before retiring in 2010, has been charged with four sexual disorders, two sexual assaults, and one assault.

Sweet also worked at Heritage Park Secondary, Cedar Valley Alternate, Mission Secondary School, and Riverside Secondary.

Mission Public Schools superintendent Angus Wilson said the school district had assisted the RCMP in its investigation.

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The RCMP Mission’s Serious Crimes Division is asking witnesses or anyone with information to contact the police or crimestoppers.

“We are posting a photo of Mr. Sweet to help advance our investigation and identify anyone who may have more information about this or any other potential crime,” said Mission RCMP Cpl. Jason Raaflaub.

Don Sweet (right) during BC Lions training in 2015. Don Sweet (right) during BC Lions training in 2015. Photo by Jason Payne /.PNG

Sweet played 14 years in the Canadian Football League, mostly with the Montreal Alouettes / Concordes, and won two Gray Cup championships in 1974 and 1977. The Vancouver-born Place Kicker has been named the best Canadian in the Gray Cup three times.

Sweet also worked as a kicking consultant with the BC Lions for many years, but has not been on the team since 2018.

A BC Lions spokesman said the team first became aware of the allegations against Sweet on Saturday.

He is due to appear in Abbotsford Provincial Court on March 15th.