Man accused of sex assault volunteered with youth sports

Posted at 7:44 PM, Feb 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 21:44:01-05

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Arrest documents indicate a Fort Collins man accused of sexually assaulting multiple children volunteered with youth hockey programs to gain the trust of his victims.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports 27-year-old Andrew Todd Vanderwal was arrested by Fort Collins police in 2016 after a family told authorities he had sexually assaulted a boy.

Authorities say three other families reported assaults to police following Vandalwal’s arrest. He fled after posting bail.

Vanderwal had volunteered with NoCo Ice Center’s U8 hockey program. According to the FBI arrest documents, he had moved in with each family after gaining their trust.

Vanderwal was arrested after his vehicle was found abandoned near the Mexican border. He was listed as being in transit Thursday to the jail in El Paso, Texas.