Two women say former NHL player Reid Boucher tried to solicit photos of them via social media when they were teenagers.
One of the girls, now a 22-year-old Canadian, said Athleticism she thought her dealings with Boucher “didn’t seem like a big deal” at the time, but after pleading guilty last month to a third-degree charge of criminal sexual conduct for the 2011 assault of a daughter of 12, she felt compelled to come forward.
“It’s just behavior that doesn’t really go away,” said the Canadian, who was 15 when Boucher contacted her.
The other girl, now 25, says Boucher posted a message on Facebook asking her to send him inappropriate photos and said she felt “embarrassed”, “disgusted” and “shocked” over her interaction with him. She was 17 at the time.
“It made me feel like he knew he had that edge over someone like me,” the New Jersey woman said. Athleticism.
Pamella Szydlak, Boucher’s defense attorney, wrote via email: “Based on what I have been told, these allegations have been investigated and found to be without merit. .”
Boucher, 28, pleaded guilty last month in Washtenaw County, Michigan. The 12-year-old lived in the house where he boarded while playing for USA Hockey’s U.S. National Team development program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. .
Boucher, who played in the NHL from 2013 to 2018 and currently plays in Russia for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in the Continental Hockey League, will be arraigned later this month in the Michigan case. As part of a plea deal, Boucher would receive no jail time and the felony charge would not appear on his public record provided he met the requirements of the deal.
The deal sparked outrage from victims’ rights advocates and was criticized by the survivor of his sexual assault.
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