The trial of a Surrey man accused of allegedly pursuing sex with a minor is now set for October in U.S. District Court.

Surrey soccer coach’s trial delayed

Proceedings against Kuldip Singh Mahal now set to begin Oct. 26.

The trial of a Surrey youth soccer coach accused of pursuing sex with a minor has been delayed until October.

Proceedings against Kuldip Singh Mahal had been set to get underway July 20.

According to filings for the U.S. District Court of Seattle, the jury trial is now set to get underway on Oct. 26.

Mahal has been in custody south of the border since Feb. 3.

On that date, a 47-year-old Surrey man was arrested at a park in Burlington after crossing into the U.S. at Blaine.

Court documents alleged the accused responded to a “casual encounters” post on Craigslist in January, and communicated with what he believed to be a 12-year-old girl. However, according to court documents, all suspect communications – including sexually explicit messages and photos – were sent to an undercover agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Word of the arrest resulted in Mahal’s suspension from Surrey United Soccer Club.

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