May 22nd, 2024

Sex assault case of former Canada world junior hockey players back in court in June

By The Canadian Press on May 14, 2024.

The sexual assault case of five former members of Canada's world junior hockey team is due back in a London, Ont., court today. Ottawa Senators' Alex Formenton during an NHL hockey game in Philadelphia, Friday, April 29, 2022; New Jersey Devils defenceman Cal Foote before an NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J., Friday, Oct. 27, 2023; New Jersey Devils' Michael McLeod during an NHL hockey game in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023; Calgary Flames centre Dillon Dube during an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023 and Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart during an NHL hockey game in Uniondale, N.Y., Saturday, April 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Matt Slocum, Noah K. Murray, Matt Slocum, Paul Sancya, Corey Sipkin

The sexual assault case of five former members of Canada’s world junior hockey team is set to return to a London, Ont., court next month.

A hearing has been scheduled for June 11 in the case of Dillon Dube, Carter Hart, Michael McLeod, Cal Foote and Alex Formenton in order to set dates for trial and pre-trial applications.

Some hearings have also been scheduled for early September.

The players were charged with sexual assault earlier this year in connection with an alleged sexual assault at a London hotel in 2018. McLeod is also facing an additional charge of sexual assault for “being a party to the offence.”

All five plan to defend themselves against the allegations and have opted for a jury trial.

London police initially closed the investigation in 2019 but reopened it three years later. They have not said why the file was closed nor why it was later reopened.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2024.

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