Two former members of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees men's hockey team were charged with sexual assault on Friday as the result of a months-long police investigation. The alleged incident took place in a Thunder Bay hotel room in February.
Police said they learned of the alleged incident after it was reported by a third party and that they had chagred Guillaume Donovan, 24, and David Foucher, 25. The two are scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 30.
“The charges against the two men came after an extensive investigation by the Thunder Bay Police Service’s Criminal Investigations Branch,” Chris Adams of Thunder Bay police said on Friday. “Investigators travelled to Ottawa in March to conduct interviews with members of the University of Ottawa hockey program.”
The school initially suspended the men's hockey program on March 3. After its own internal investigation, the school let go of coach Real Paiement and extended the suspension of men's hockey activities through the 2014-15 season.
The Gee-Gees hockey team had travelled to Thunder Bay for two road games against Lakehead University on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. According to the Globe and Mail, several other members of the team who had no part in the alleged incident are angered about the season cancellation and are considering suing the university for defamation.