News that a now-suspended football coach at York University is charged with child luring and attempting to manufacture child pornography has prompted other complainants to step forward and their allegations are being investigated, police said Friday.
Daniel Younis, 24, recruiting co-ordinator and running back coach for the York University Lions football team, was arrested Thursday and made his first appearance in court Friday afternoon.
He has no criminal record.
The charges stem from a string of cellphone and Internet chats over the past three months, during which a 16-year-old boy allegedly sent images of himself to Mr. Younis.
“Since the press release went out we have had more people come forward, we’ve received several calls,” Detective Paul Krawczyk of the sex-crimes unit said.
“They are going to require investigation but I do anticipate further charges. The information we’re getting back from them is concerning; this was not an isolated incident.”
York University released a statement saying it was “extremely disturbed about this very serious allegation, ” and that the university has suspended its relationship with Mr. Younis while the police investigation continues.
“Our first priority is to fully support students and prospective students, which includes ensuring they have full access to qualified support services,” spokesperson Joanne Rider said.
Ms. Rider said Mr. Younis had been with the university as a volunteer for two years, and that “his responsibilities included supporting recruitment activities, scouting prospective players and coaching.”
In addition to day-to-day coaching, a source familiar with Mr. Younis's background said, he had helped supervise summer camps and had travelled widely to recruit, at York U’s expense.
“We do reimburse volunteers for expenses incurred,” Ms. Rider concurred in an e-mail.
Investigators are asking that anyone with information call police at 416-808-8500 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).