Ex-OHL player wanted for sex crimes nabbed

Tom Godfrey, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:07 PM ET

TORONTO – A Waterloo, Ont., woman is in a Buffalo, N.Y., jail for allegedly trying to smuggle a former Ontario Hockey League player and current international fugitive into Canada.

Leonard Devuono, 40, of Georgetown, Ont., a former minor league player, has been charged with re-entry to the U.S. after deportation.

Bennett said Devuono was previously deported from the U.S. due to a lengthy criminal record.

Records show he is currently sought by U.S. police on a warrant for the 2006 sexual assault of two teenage girls in Kansas. He allegedly fled during court proceedings.

The woman was arrested at the Queenston-Lewiston border crossing with Devuono hidden in the hatchback of her car, according to U.S. officials.

"An inspection of the hatch back area of the vehicle revealed (a man) secreted under the hatch canopy," said Gregory Bennett, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "Our officers immediately took both subjects into custody."

Bennett said the woman told officers she was attending a day-long cosmetology convention. She was stopped for a vehicle inspection as she was leaving the U.S., he said.

Donna Oliveira, 45, of Waterloo, Ont., was arrested and charged with transportation of an alien unlawfully in the U.S. She was offered release on $5,000 bond.

The pair are being detained at the Erie County Holding centre and have bail hearings this week. The woman will face deportation to Canada if convicted.

Devuono played for Soo Greyhounds from 1987-89 and also played for the Belleville Bulls, Kitchener Rangers and Ottawa 67's in the Ontario Hockey League.

Devuono told police he was ranked second in the World Street Fighting Championships and at one time was a spokesperson for a "gentlemen's club" in Kansas.

He racked up votes from hockey fans on an Internet sports site for being "one of the best fighters" in the game.


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