Former Western University hockey player at centre of latest London, Ont., sexual assault review

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The London Police Service (LPS) in Ontario has began an inside review of a sexual assault case involving two hockey gamers, one of whom continues to play for the Strathroy Jets.

Police Chief Steve Williams mentioned in an announcement Friday that the allegations are associated to 2 incidents in March 2018, and because of media curiosity, he has ordered the review.

TSN reported Thursday that the complainant on this case alleged she was assaulted by a then Western University hockey player. CBC News has confirmed by way of courtroom paperwork {that a} player on the workforce was charged with sexual assault courting again to that point.

Those prices have been withdrawn, however a peace bond was issued in June 2020 requiring him to not talk or be close to the complainant, a reality Williams confirmed.

CBC News contacted the player, who declined to remark. CBC is just not naming him with a purpose to defend the identification of the complainant, who has additionally not been reached for remark. 

The chief mentioned prices weren’t laid within the second allegation of sexual assault, which concerned the identical complainant however a distinct man. 

“In all sexual assault investigations, the London Police Service makes use of a victim-centred, trauma-informed method which respects the desires of complainants,” Williams mentioned. “In all circumstances besides these coping with intimate companions, victims are given the selection as to whether or not they want to proceed with prices or not.”

Latest case unrelated to London gala

This is the second time in three months that the LPS has undertaken a review of a case involving hockey gamers. In July, it introduced it was re-examining allegations of sexual assault involving members of the 2018 world junior hockey workforce who attended a Hockey Canada gala in London.

That case was initially closed with out prices, and has led to led to an enormous re-examination of hockey tradition in Canada and the next resignation of the whole governing board and the chief government officer. 

The March 2018 case entails a distinct sufferer and none of the gamers from the junior workforce. The complainant instructed TSN that she was at the London house of the Western University player when she was sexually assaulted after which humiliated in entrance of his associates.   

CBC News contacted King’s University College, a Western University affiliate the place the player was a scholar, and was instructed nobody was obtainable to touch upon “code investigations” or complaints. TSN reported the varsity suspended the player for 18 months and eliminated him from the workforce. 

The player was not taking part in on Western’s workforce throughout the 2019-2020 season and there is not any indication he graduated. He has gone on to play for the Jets, which is within the Western Ontario Super Hockey League. 

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