Two former UOttawa hockey players acquitted on sexual assault charges

David Foucher (L) and Guillaume Donovan (R) have been acquitted of sexual assault charges after a judge determined there was reasonable doubt in the complainant's testimony. Courtesy University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.

Two former University of Ottawa hockey players have been acquitted of sexual assault charges after an incident that occurred in 2014 in Thunder Bay.

The two defendants in the case, Guillaume Donovan and David Foucher, had each been charged by Thunder Bay police with one count of sexual assault after a woman accused them of forcing themselves upon her at a party following an away game the Gee-Gees played against Lakehead University in 2014.

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The judge in the case, Chantal Brochu, delivered her decision Monday afternoon in Thunder Bay Court of Justice after a 10-day trial in February of this year.

After the incident came to light, the University of Ottawa elected to cancel the 2015 – 16 season and fired the head coach of the team at the time. The team returned to active play in 2017 with one returning player. Several previous players have launched a class-action lawsuit against the university.

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That lawsuit is ongoing.

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