Esks' Braidwood slapped with sex assault charges

Adam Braidwood. (QMI AGENCY )

Adam Braidwood. (QMI AGENCY )

TONY BLAIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:04 PM ET

Police have laid additional criminal charges against Edmonton Eskimo defensive lineman Adam Braidwood, including two counts of sexual assault.

Braidwood, 26, made a brief appearance in court Thursday on both the new charges and earlier charges involving an alleged domestic assault involving a gun.

Crown prosecutor Scott Niblock said the two counts of sexual assault and a charge of possessing a firearm while knowing the serial numbers had been removed were laid against Braidwood on Jan. 6 when police went to see him at the Edmonton Remand Centre.

Niblock said the new charges stem from the same alleged Dec. 2 offence date as the other charges and involve the same alleged victim. However, he said he was unable to provide details of the allegations.

A court-ordered publication ban prevents the name of the alleged victim being published.

Braidwood is expected to appear in Court of Queen’s Bench in the near future for a bail review.

The bearded 274-pound football player was denied bail on his initial charges on Dec. 9.

A court-ordered ban on publication was imposed at the time on the evidence heard during the bail hearing, the arguments made and the judge’s reasons for his decision.

Braidwood is charged with assault, uttering death threats and several weapons offences after being arrested on Dec. 3 at a residence near 118 Avenue and 87 Street in relation to the alleged Dec. 2 incident.

Police did not release details of the alleged incident, but said the case was being handled by the domestic offender crime section (DOCS), which specifically investigates offences involving spousal-type relationships.

That was the second time Braidwood had been charged by police in less than a month.

In mid-November, he and two other men were arrested in Stony Plain and charged with aggravated assault and unlawful confinement.

Mounties say a witness reported seeing an abduction on Nov. 19 in Spruce Grove and police later found two males standing outside a vehicle with two men inside.

A 20-year-old man outside the vehicle was shirtless with injuries to his arms and legs and was taken to hospital.

Braidwood, along with Shane Bergstrom, 25, and Taylor Kurtz, 23, were arrested and released on cash bail.

Eskimos general manager Eric Tillman earlier issued a statement regarding Braidwood, saying management had a “very candid discussion” with Braidwood in November where it was clearly outlined what the organization expects of him going forward.

“Learning of this second alleged incident with Adam is incredibly disappointing,” said Tillman at the time. “With this latest development, we will gather more information via the legal process and then do what is best for the Edmonton Eskimos.”


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