Charged with sexual assault: former Senators prospect remains detained

Charged with sexual assault: Former Senator prospect remains in custody


A 25-year-old former Ottawa Senators prospect will remain in custody pending one of his sexual assault trials, a judge has ruled fearing “further criminal offences.”< /strong>

“The prosecution has discharged its burden of showing me that the detention of Mr. was necessary to ensure not only the protection of the victims, but also of the public”, indicated the judge Marc Bisson by videoconference, Monday, from the palace justice of Longueuil.

At these words, the face of former professional hockey player Gabriel Gagné, 25, darkened on camera. 

Dressed in wearing a black polo shirt for the decision of his bail hearing, he bowed his head until the end of the short court session.

The latter was appearing for a file that occurred in Saint-Hyacinthe, concerning events that allegedly occurred in 2018. 

He is accused of sexual assault, assault, harassment as well as carrying or threatening to use a weapon.

Protecting the public

The magistrate concluded that the accused should remain in custody pending further proceedings , indicating “a marked likelihood that if Mr. Gagné were released, he would commit further criminal offences”. 

A publication ban prevents the facts of the clause from being revealed. 

The man also faces several other charges of sexual assault, in Saint-Jérôme, Montmagny and Trois- Rivières. 

He was also arrested last February and charged again in connection with the luring of an alleged 14-year-old victim, in December 2021. 

Recall that the hockey player was a second-round pick – 36th overall – of the Ottawa Senators in the 2015 draft. 

He played with the Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks' farm club in the American League, in 2020-2021. 

Contract terminated

Gagné was due to go play in Norway when the charges were filed. 

The club then announced that it had terminated the Quebecer's contract.

In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (LHJMQ), the Laval native played for the Victoriaville Tigres and the Shawinigan Cataractes. 

He had 68 goals and 64 assists for 132 points in 177 games on the Courteau circuit. 

With Erika Aubin and the Agency QMI 

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