A former head coach with Taekwondo Canada is facing 13 charges related to sexual assault allegations involving a teenage girl he was coaching.
Toronto police arrested Shin Wook Lim, a four-time coach with Canada’s summer Olympic team, on Tuesday, alleging he sexually assaulted the student over the course of two years, from 2015 to 2017. His charges include six counts of sexual assault, five counts of sexual exploitation, and one count each of invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference.
Lim, 44, also worked as a coach at Black Belt World, a taekwondo dojo at Bloor St. W. and Ossington Ave.
Lim has an extensive history with the Canadian Olympic team and coached at the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
He also worked as a youth Olympic team coach in the 2010 and 2014 qualifiers.
Taekwondo Canada, which represent Canadian athletes for the World Taekwondo Federation, said it is aware of the allegations against Lim.
“Taekwondo Canada does not tolerate sexual abuse or misconduct, and guarantees that Taekwondo Canada will deal with this extremely serious issue with one very clear goal — protecting our athletes and the integrity of our sport,” the group said in a Wednesday press release.
The group said Lim has been suspended, and added it will co-operate with the police investigation.
Tommy Chang, president of Black Belt World Canada on Thursday said the dojo was “shocked” to learn of the charges against Lim. “As always, our first priority is the health, safety and welfare of all of our students.”
“We have reached out to our students and parents, are fully co-operating with the authorities and will conduct our own investigation into the allegations. We will also closely monitor the legal proceedings. Master Lim has taken an indefinite leave of absence from Black Belt World Canada effective immediately.”
Lim is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on June 13.