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Police probe sex-assault allegations against Ontario hockey players

03/11/2015 01:19 EDT | Updated 05/11/2015 05:59 EDT
Ontario Provincial Police are saying little about their investigation after a media report said multiple women were allegedly sexually assaulted at a house party attended by members of the Cobourg Cougars hockey team.

About 10 players from the Cougars — an Ontario Junior Hockey League team — were at the party in the small town of Bewdley, Ont., according to a QMI report. Several players allegedly made social media posts using the hashtag #consentisoverrated and spoke about attempting to hook up with as many girls as possible, the report said.

OPP Sgt. Peter Leon told CBC News that police received a call on Monday morning and launched an investigation.

"Due to the young age of some of the involved persons and the sensitive nature of the allegations under investigation, further information will only be provided at the completion of a thorough investigation," an OPP news release said.

Monitoring social media

Insp. James Smyth of the force’s Criminal Investigation Branch is leading the investigation, which includes monitoring social media platforms, Leon said.

Leon wouldn’t answer questions about what happened at the party due to the ongoing investigation.

No charges have been laid. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Brent Tully, general manager of the team, said in an emailed statement to CBC News that his organization is taking the allegations "very seriously."

Tully said, "In this case, none of the allegations made have been proven, nor has the hockey club been contacted with regards to any investigation. In the event that this changes, we will participate fully and are committed to doing so."

He added that players have been reminded about respect and appropriate behaviour.

The OJHL has not commented.

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