Former Dartmouth volleyball coach guilty of sex crimes to be released

Geordon Omand for Metro Halifax
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HALIFAX - With his four-year sentence nearly complete, a former Dartmouth girls volleyball coach convicted of sexually assaulting one of his underage players is set to be released, according to documents obtained from the Parole Board of Canada.

Joseph Emile (Luc) Potvin is shown in this 2012 file photo.

Joseph Emile “Luc” Potvin pleaded guilty in September 2011 to multiple charges of sexual exploitation against a 17-year-old girl during his time as a volleyball coach at Prince Andrew High School.

The teenage victim addressed the court in a statement explaining how the ordeal had brought on an eating disorder, anxiety and depression.

“No one will ever understand what it was like,” she said. “No one.”

Potvin was convicted later that month of child luring, possessing/producing child pornography and sexual assault.

His statutory release date is May 31, 2014.

As a condition of his release, Potvin — who is now in his mid-fifties — may not be in contact with the victim nor any girl younger than 18 years. He must stay away from areas where children gather and is banned from possessing pornography or any computer or phone with access to the Internet. Finally, he must report all intimate relationships to his parole board officer.

Parole board documents reveal Potvin was denied an earlier application for parole in November 2012.

Organizations: Prince Andrew High School

Geographic location: Dartmouth

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