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Devils prospect Ben Johnson faces two sexual assault charges

Mar 18, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

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New Jersey Devils third-round pick Ben Johnson is facing two separate sexual assault charges, including one stemming from a St. Patrick’s Day party, the Windsor Star reports.

Johnson, 18, was accused of that crime by a 16-year-old woman from Sunday, which encouraged a 20-year-old woman to come forward regarding an incident that allegedly happened three weeks earlier. Both claim that the assaults happened in restrooms of two different restaurants in the Windsor, Ontario area.

The forward played for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires this season.

Here are more in-depth details from the Windsor Star:

Ben Johnson, 18, was arrested early this morning after one of the alleged sexual assaults, which sources say occurred in the washroom of Mynt nightclub during a combined St. Patrick’s Day party and end of season gathering that included other players. He appeared in provincial court this afternoon by video and was held in custody overnight, with bail set at $30,000.

Windsor Police Sgt. Matt D’Asti said police attended the Metropolitan campus of the Windsor Regional Hospital at about 1:50 a.m. Monday and spoke with a 16-year-old girl, who told officers she had been sexually assaulted. Police then arrested the suspect in the 11000 block of Rockland Street just before 4 a.m.

D’Asti said during the course of the investigation, a second woman, aged 20, came forward. That woman told police she had also been sexually assaulted by the accused in the washroom of The Tilted Kilt at 2135 Wyandotte St. W. about three weeks ago, D’Asti said.

The Spitfires essentially provided a “no comment” response regarding the accusations. The Devils selected Johnson 90th overall in 2012’s draft, but haven’t signed him to an entry-level contract.

  1. steelers88 - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:55 PM


    • 950003cups - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      Looks like the Devils finally drafted a guy who scores.

      • 950003cups - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        If the allegations are as charged, they should give him a choice. If he wants to play in the NHL for he Devils, he has to allow both those girls to cut his balls off live on NBC Sports

      • mrbuffalosabre - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        LOL In more ways than 1.

    • ianpaulson - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM

  2. mclovinhockey - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    That devils gonna burn.

  3. killerpgh - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Not trying to justify anything, but what is a 16 year old doing in a night club?

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      That’s your reply to an 18 year old being accused of sexual assault? Not one, but two. How about some concern for the 2 girls regardless of age? If he is guilty then he must pay for the crime, and if any other laws were broken then those responsible must be held accountable.

      • killerpgh - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:58 PM

        Sorry, I hope the young ladies are ok after these events. When did you plan on showing concern for the girl?

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        Jesus dude the guy said he wasn’t trying to justify anything – quit jumping someone else for raising a valid question. NO ONE is saying they aren’t concerned, it’s a horrible situation and really you didn’t come across as overly concerned yourself.

        If he’s guilty, neuter the bastard…if you can’t do the gender proud by wearing the equipment then you shouldn’t have the equipment to begin with. But don’t take the situation to a holier-than-though “I’m going to run for Mayor of PHT” level. The guy was just asking the question.

      • nhloon - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        Calm down, it’s a valid question. You femenist.

      • bruinshockey35 - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        I think its illegal for a 16 year old to be in a nightclub… his point is valid. …then again, this isn’t america.

    • stakex - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Perhaps it was a restaurants/night club combination?

      Though that really has nothing to do with her being sexually assaulted.

    • pwilson264 - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      yea the 16yr old girls should not be in the night club that’s security’s fault, but at the same time Ben Johnson as and adult should know you don’t pickup minors. it’s a no brainier. don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

  4. seanb20124 - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Not sure how often third round picks make it to the league , but who does he think he is Ben Roethlisberger?

    • killerpgh - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      Big Ben is a POS as far as I’m concern. But there is a huge difference between Ben’s and this guys “story”. This guy actually had the police feel there is enough truth behind the girl/lady story press charges.

    • jimmyhifiguest - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Datsyuk? 6th round.

  5. habsman - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Girls should never go to a club called “The Tilted Kilt.”

  6. modellforprez - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    is this the Gordon Staal article?¿?¿

  7. DonkeyStick - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    “Johnson, 18, was accused of that crime by a 16-year-old woman from Sunday,”

    Since when is a 16 year old considered a woman?

    • sabatimus - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Statutorily, perhaps.

  8. vstar1us - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    This is what the World is coming too! What the hell was the guy thinking and second why is a 16 yr old doing in a bar? Where’s the hell are the parents pushing the girl in the pub to find a victim!

    • ianpaulson - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      The liquor laws in Ontario require the individual to be 19 years of age or older to be permitted entry into a drinking establishment.

      The accusor is 16 and the accused is 18. Neither of them should have been in the bar.

  9. alswingman - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    that’s the way to ruin your pro career before it starts.

    • killerpgh - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      Maybe, but he still has a chance to make to the pro’s if he is good enough and can straighten up his act. It’s not 100% the same, but does involve sex and a minor. Harry Zolnierczyk of the Flyers got himself in some trouble when he younger for “his part in the production and distribution of a pornographic video involving an underage girl” and that scum got paid to play in the NHL.

  10. puckyouall - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    He may end up playing some pocket hockey in the slammer with a Big Dude named Biff. All his parent’s efforts down the rabbit hole if found guilty.

    • bakedbees - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      A Big Dude in the Slammer…named BIFF? WHAT?

  11. biffnasty - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    lota countries outside the US allow 16 yr olds to go to clubs/bars at age 16 but have a midnight curfew..regardless, typical devil

  12. thehighcountrybear - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    In part, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states:

    The Charter protects the individual and ensures fairness during legal proceedings, particularly in criminal cases. The rights to habeas corpus, or the right to challenge being detained or held, and to be presumed innocent until proven guilty – always recognized as part of our law – are now guaranteed in our constitution.

    No one can be deprived of the right to liberty and security of his or her person except through proper legal procedures. Canadians are protected against unreasonable searches and seizures, and against police using excessive force, even when a search or seizure is authorized by law. We are also protected against being detained or arrested arbitrarily. In other words, a police officer must have a reasonable suspicion that we have committed a crime before holding us in custody.

    The Charter also protects us against arbitrary actions by law enforcement agencies. It guarantees our rights to be told why we are being arrested or detained, to consult a lawyer without delay, to be informed of this right, and to have a court determine quickly whether the detention is lawful.

    If you are charged with an offence under federal or provincial law you also have the right

    to be told promptly of the offence,
    to be tried within a reasonable time,
    not to be compelled to testify at your own trial,
    to be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal,
    not to be denied reasonable bail without cause,
    not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual punishment,
    to be tried by a jury for serious charges, and
    not to be tried or punished twice for the same offence.

  13. csilojohnson - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Sounds the same as the US. Now the real question is, is it all a bunch of BS in Canada as well?

  14. thehighcountrybear - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Without proper legal counsel it could be BS…the Judiciary must be fair and objective, so protection does exist regardless…the golden thread!

    Throughout the web of the English Criminal Law one golden thread is always to be seen that it is the duty of the prosecution to prove the prisoner’s guilt subject to… the defence of insanity and subject also to any statutory exception. If, at the end of and on the whole of the case, there is a reasonable doubt, created by the evidence given by either the prosecution or the prisoner… the prosecution has not made out the case and the prisoner is entitled to an acquittal. No matter what the charge or where the trial, the principle that the prosecution must prove the guilt of the prisoner is part of the common law of England and no attempt to whittle it down can be entertained.

  15. timmah007 - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    So you got an 18 year old hockey player that’s drafted by a big time NHL club and an immature 16 year old girl.
    Could it be possible that they hooked up without being aware of the age because well in a night club suppose to be 19. Once he found out and realized that’s terrible didnt return her calls and she got pissed after a couple weeks and decided to go to police… Are talking about a 16 year old partying in a night club. Just saying not enough public facts for us to judge. Nail him to the wall if he’s truly guilty but with only the facts here I personally think the night club is to blame allowing multiple underage people in. I’m not saying he’s any saint or anything but don’t believe he deserves to be ripped up without more facts.

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