Sexual assault charges withdrawn against three CHLers

Ontario Hockey League players Nick Cousins (right) and Mark Petaccio leave after speaking with...

Ontario Hockey League players Nick Cousins (right) and Mark Petaccio leave after speaking with reporters in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. on Thursday, April 3, 2013. (MICHAEL PURVIS/QMI Agency)

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Sexual assault charges have been withdrawn against Philadelphia Flyers prospect Nick Cousins and two other Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds players after the Crown said there is “no reasonable prospect of conviction.”

Cousins, 19, of Belleville, Ont., Greyhounds teammate Andrew Fritsch, 19, of Brantford, and Mark Petaccio, 18, of Sicklerville, N.J., who now plays for the Ottawa 67s, were charged with sexual assault last August.

A woman had gone to police saying she was forced to have intercourse against her will.

The Crown withdrew charges on the condition the three men enter into a 12-month peace bond, requiring them have no communication with the complainant and not to come within 500 metres of her home, work or school.


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