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Former Vancouver Canucks forward Reid Boucher pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in 2011, according to a report by the detroit free press.
According to the report, the assaults in question took place when Boucher was 17 years old and a member of USA Hockey’s national team development program.
Boucher’s victim is now 23 and has not been identified due to the circumstances of the case. At the time of the crime, she was living with Boucher as her “ticket sister” during her tenure with the USNTDP.
According to To free Press, Boucher pleaded guilty on December 13, 2021 to third-degree criminal sexual misconduct involving sexual penetration with an individual between the ages of 13 and 16.
It came after he was initially charged with first-degree sexual misconduct, which is considered much more serious and carries a 25-year to life sentence.
Washtenaw County Circuit Judge Patrick Conlin agreed to let Boucher work out a plea deal that resulted in him receiving no initial jail time — a decision that left Boucher’s victim “disgusted.”
Also, if Boucher successfully completes his sentence, the case will not appear on his permanent record.
Boucher’s victim described her experiences with the ex-Canuck before the free press in graphic detail, including descriptions of how he twice forced her to perform oral sex on him:
Ultimately, the now 23-year-old said she remembered Boucher, then 17, twice pushing her to use her mouth for oral sex. She said that when the first time was after the videos were discovered, Boucher persuaded her to continue despite a plea that she wanted to stop, and the second time, on another date, he pressured her by saying he would tell people about the time before.
As Boucher progressed through the hockey world, Boucher’s victim struggled in the aftermath of the assaults. She told the Free press that she treated substance abuse and eating disorders, self-harm and PTSD. She also received psychiatric home care.
“[Boucher] never had to face any responsibility. And then in the meantime…my whole life was kind of shattered into a million pieces,” the victim told the Free press. “I had to piece that together over the last 10 years.”
Boucher, now 28, currently plays in the Continental Hockey League with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He played 48 games with the Canucks between the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons.