SPVQ: another investigation into junior hockey players

SPVQ: another survey of junior hockey players

and Dominique Lelièvre MISE À DAY

The Service de police de la Ville de Québec (SPVQ) has reopened an investigation to “reexamine allegations of sexual assault from 2014 involving four Gatineau Olympiques players”.

This was announced Thursday evening, on twitter, by TSN journalist Rick Westhead. It was the latter who brought to light, at the end of May, the scandal involving Hockey Canada, which settled a sexual assault case out of court.

The information given by Westhead last night was reported to him by Bloc Québécois MP Sébastien Lemire.

< p>Alleged gang rape

This incident caused a stir in the media a few years ago. The assault allegedly occurred in January 2014, at the Hilton Hotel in Quebec City, while the Gatineau team was passing through. A young woman from Trois-Rivières was reportedly the victim of a gang rape in a bedroom.

It was only a year later that the complainant decided to file a complaint with the Trois-Rivières police. Rivières, after hearing the allegations of indecent acts targeting Olympiques players again and which allegedly took place in a Boston Pizza restaurant in Gatineau.

The file was then transferred to the Quebec police, but the investigation did not lead to any charges. The complainant had criticized the work of the SPVQ investigators following this decision.

“The Quebec City investigators acted really badly with me. They didn't take me seriously,” she denounced at the microphone of a radio station in the Old Capital.

The QMJHL will collaborate

< p>Contacted by Le Journal in the evening, the SPVQ did not want to confirm, for reasons of confidentiality, whether it is reactivating this investigation.

But in general, the police force indicates that it does not hesitate to reopen investigations when new elements surface, argued spokesperson David Pelletier.

A Sexual Assault Case Review Committee was set up in October 2017 and “any request for review in this matter is being handled with rigor and diligence,” he assures.

“We are aware that the police could reopen the investigation and we will offer our full cooperation throughout. of the process,” reacted the chief operating officer of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Karl Jahnke. 

To his knowledge, the SPVQ would not have come into contact with the QMJHL. “If they contact us, we will collaborate throughout the process. »

Two players charged

Recall that in 2021, two players from the Victoriaville Tigres were charged with having sexually assaulted a minor and with having filmed the scene, following the celebrations surrounding the conquest of the President's Cup in June.

Forward Nicolas Daigle and defender Massimo Siciliano are due to return to the Quebec courthouse next October.&nbsp ;

The QMJHL has suspended them indefinitely.

– With the collaboration of Antoine Lacroix< /em>

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