A 25-year-old former would-be Ottawa senator will remain in custody pending one of his sexual assault trials, a judge has ruled over fears of “other crimes”.
“The prosecution has fulfilled its burden of showing me that the detention of Mr. was necessary to ensure the protection not only of the victims but also of the public,” said Judge Marc Bisson on Monday via video conference from the Longueil Palace of Justice.
At those words, 25-year-old former professional hockey player Gabriel Gagné’s face darkened in front of the camera.
Dressed in a black polo shirt for the decision of his bail hearing, he bowed his head until the brief hearing was over.
The latter appeared for a file in Saint-Hyacinthe dealing with events that would have happened in 2018.
He faces charges of sexual assault, assault, molestation and carrying or threatening to use a weapon.
Protect the public
The judge concluded that the accused should remain in custody for the remainder of the trial, noting that “there is a clear likelihood that Mr Gagné would commit other offenses if he were released”.
A publication ban prevents disclosure of the facts of the clause.
The man also faces several other sexual assault charges in Saint-Jérôme, Montmagny and Trois-Rivières.
He was also arrested last February and charged again in connection with luring an alleged 14-year-old victim in December 2021.
Recall that the hockey player was a second-round pick – 36e overall – from the Ottawa Senators to the 2015 draft.
From 2020 to 2021 he played for the Rockford IceHogs, the farm club of the Chicago Blackhawks in the American League.
Gagne was due to play in Norway when the charges were brought.
The club then announced that they had terminated the Quebecer’s contract.
In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (LHJMQ), the Lavaler native played for the Victoriaville Tigres and the Shawinigan Cataractes.
He amassed 68 goals and 64 assists for 132 points in 177 games at the Courteau Circuit.
– With Erika Aubin and QMI agency