Organizers of this weekend's B.C. Ambassador competition in Merritt have little to say after the organization's president was arrested on allegations of sexual assault.
Teresa Dares, president of the Kamloops Ambassador Society, said she needed to focus on the contestants and wouldn't comment on the arrest of Michael Hume, 47.
"It's really got nothing to do with us," Dares said Thursday. "We can't really talk."
Hume, president of the B.C. Ambassador Program, was arrested Tuesday in Merritt and faces charges of sexual assault, unlawful confinement and uttering threats.
RCMP said the charges relate to an incident that occurred in Lytton earlier this month, but did not provide specifics.
Hume's arrest came just days before the B.C. Ambassador competition in Merritt, where a new team of young people will be chosen to represent the province over the coming year.
The B.C. Ambassador Program committee said Hume is no longer with the organization. It will replace him with a new president once the event is over.
Hume also worked for the Lytton First Nation band council. He has previously been listed on the band’s website as restorative justice manager and court liaison.
The band council issued a statement late Thursday afternoon saying that Hume has been “relieved . . . of his duties until more is known.”
The council said it will co-operate with the RCMP in any way that it can.
Hume has been released on bail and is expected to appear in court in Kamloops Sept. 4.