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Bertrand Charest is seen in a court drawing during a bail hearing in St-Jerome, Que., on March 16, 2015.Mike McLaughlin/The Canadian Press

The lawyer for ex-national ski coach Bertrand Charest has filed an appeal of his client's 12-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting his teenage students.

Charest was found guilty last June of 37 of the 57 sex-related charges he was facing.

The convictions involved nine of the 12 women who'd accused Charest of crimes dating back more than 20 years.

All but one of the 12 were under the age of 18 at the time, with the youngest being 12 years old.

With time served in detention since his arrest in 2015, Charest had seven years and 10 months left in the sentence when it was handed down Dec. 8.

Charest, who was denied bail Dec. 18, is already appealing the guilty verdicts.

Former national ski coach Bertrand Charest was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted on 37 sex-related charges against teenage trainees. The Crown prosecutor says the sentence is in line with what they asked for.

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