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Police reopen investigation into sexual assault allegation against Olympiques players

QUEBEC – Police in Quebec City have reopened an investigation into a 2014 allegation of sexual assault involving players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Gatineau Olympiques.

The QMJHL said in a statement Friday that it has been notified of the reopened investigation and will offer its “full co-operation” to Quebec City’s police department.

Le Soleil reported in 2015 that a woman filed a complaint alleging a sexual assault involving four Olympiques players in a Quebec City hotel room in January 2014.

Police in Quebec City say the investigation has been reopened because of a “new element.” The initial police investigation ended in March 2015 without charges being laid.

“For obvious confidentiality reasons, we cannot provide information specifically concerning this case,” said Const. David Pelletier, a spokesman for the Quebec City police service. “However, whether a file is active or not, as soon as a new element is added, the investigation continues.”

Pelletier said the police service has taken steps to improve the way it handles sexual assault complaints.

The reopening of the investigation comes as Hockey Canada faces intense scrutiny for its handling of sexual assault allegations in 2018 and 2003 against players from its world junior men’s team.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2022.

Gatineau Olympiques hockey team logo is seen in this undated handout. Police in Quebec City have reopened an investigation into a 2014 allegation of sexual assault involving players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Gatineau Olympiques.

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