The London, Ontario Police Service held a press conference on Monday, Feb. 5th, addressing the 2018 Hockey Canada sexual assault allegations. During the conference, the Ontario Police provided a brief description of an additional charge New Jersey Devils forward Michael McLeod is facing.
On Thursday, Feb 1st, TSN acquired court documents and confirmed Dillon Dube, Alex Formenton, Carter Hart, Michael McLeod, and Cal Foote have all been charged with sexual assault. The court documents revealed that Mcleod faced an additional charge that read:
“On or about the 19th day of June in the year 2018 at City of London in the Southwest Region did commit a sexual assault on E.M. by being a party to the offense, contrary to Section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada.”
When the London Police were asked about the additional charge, they offered the following explanation.
“The one charge he is laid with is in relation to his own actions,” Detective Sargent Katherine Dann said. “The party to the offense charge is in relation to aiding someone else in the offense.”
London Police Chief Thai Truong used his opening statement to extend his “sincerest” apology to the victim of the alleged sexual assault committed by members of the 2018 Canadian World Junior team, and to her family “for the amount of time that it has taken to reach this point.”
The London Police noted that new evidence was gathered after the reopening of the investigation in 2022 that they did not have when it was first reported in 2018.
Earlier Monday morning, court proceedings were adjourned until April 30 in the case against the five players from the 2018 Canadian World Junior team charged with sexual assault.
McLeod and Foote’s locker in the Devils’ locker room have been cleared out.