Ottawa gymnastics instructor facing sex related offences

OTTAWA – A gymnastics instructor known as Wookie, is facing sex-related offences following his arrest on Sunday, April 28.

The Ottawa Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit (SACA) laid charges of sexual assault and sexual interference against a 27-year-old Ottawa man, Klyne Pitpitunge.

The charges stem from incidents that occurred in March and April 2019, while the accused was employed as a gymnastics coach/instructor.  The locations he has worked at are at the 2700 block of Lancaster Road, 1100 block of Morrison Drive. He was suspended from coaching at the start of the investigation.

Pitpitunge was in show cause court April 29.

SACA continues the investigation and is concerned there could be more victims.

“The Ottawa police will respect a victim’s wishes to pursue or not pursue the matter before the courts,” the Ottawa Police Service released in a statement. “The reporting of these incidents by victims to police is key for investigators to identify suspects and determine crime trends.”

Victims in this case are between five and 10-years-old. It is expected that there could be further victims ranging from 4 and 12 years old.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, ext.5760.  Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.