New Jersey Devils prospect charged with sexual assault
|Windsor Spitfires forward and New Jersey Devils prospect Ben Johnson was charged with two counts of sexual assault Monday. (CRAIG GLOVER/QMI Agency)
New Jersey Devils prospect Ben Johnson, a forward with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, was charged with two counts of sexual assault Monday by Windsor cops.
Johnson, an 18-year-old from Calumet, Mich., was arrested early Monday morning and appeared in provincial court later in the day. Bail was set at $30,000 but he was held overnight.
"Earlier today our organization was made aware of accusations involving a player on our hockey team," the Spitfires said in a statement. "Our organization will allow the legal process to run its due course at this time. The team will have no further comment."
The charges were laid against Johnson in connection with alleged sexual assaults three weeks apart in two different Windsor bars.
The most recent involved a 16-year-old girl, who alleged she was assaulted in the washroom of Mynt nightclub during a combined St. Patrick's Day party and Spitfires end-of-season gathering, sources told the Windsor Star. Later, a 20-year-old woman told police she'd been sexually assaulted in the washroom of The Tilted Kilt three weeks ago.
Johnson was picked by the Devils in the third round of the 2012 NHL draft. He had 20 goals and 17 assists in 64 games with the Spitfires, who failed to make the playoffs.