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Sexual misconduct case against volleyball ref adjourned to July

Longtime referee Hughbee Brown, 63, faces 14 charges in connection with incidents at high school volleyball games in Guelph earlier this year
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A high school volleyball referee accused of sexual misconduct involving underage female volunteers had his case adjourned until July 26.

The case against Hughbee Brown, 63, was before a virtual courtroom in Guelph Tuesday.

The Dashwood resident faces seven counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference and five counts of sexual exploitation.

This, in connection with incidents during a volleyball tournament at the University of Guelph between May 2 and May 4, as well as a similar incident at a Guelph high school on March 29.

Guelph police said a number of female volunteers between the ages of 13 and 17 reported inappropriate sexual conduct towards them by Brown, and commenced an investigation on May 11.

The alleged incident in March involved two 17-year-old volunteers.

According to police, Brown has worked as a youth volleyball referee for over 30 years.

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