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Two women say ex-NHLer Reid Boucher tried to solicit photos via social media when they were teenagers - The Athletic

Two women say former NHL player Reid Boucher attempted to solicit photos from them via social media when they were teenagers. One of the girls, now a...

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Two women say former NHL player Reid Boucher attempted to solicit photos from them via social media when they were teenagers.

One of the girls, now a 22-year-old Canadian woman, told The Athletic she thought her exchanges with Boucher "didn’t seem like a big deal" at the time, but after he pleaded guilty last month to a third-degree charge of felony criminal sexual conduct for the 2011 assault of a 12-year-old girl, she felt compelled to come forward.

"It's just behavior that doesn’t really go away," said the Canadian woman, who was 15 when Boucher contacted her.

The other girl, now 25, says Boucher sent a Facebook message asking her to send him inappropriate photos and said she felt "embarrassed," "disgusted" and "shocked" following her interaction him. She was 17 at the time.

"It made me feel like he knew he had this advantage on someone like me," the New Jersey woman told The Athletic.

Pamella Szydlak, Boucher’s defense attorney, wrote via email: "Based on what I have been told, these allegations were investigated and found to have no merit."

Boucher, 28, pleaded guilty last month in Washtenaw County, Mich. The 12-year-old lived in the house where he was boarding while playing for USA Hockey’s U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Boucher was 17 at the time.

Boucher, who played in the NHL from 2013 to 2018 and currently plays in Russia for the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in the Kontinental Hockey League, will be arraigned later this month in the Michigan case. As part of a plea agreement, Boucher will reportedly receive no jail time and have the felony charge not appear on his public record provided he meets the requirements in the agreement.

That deal has sparked outrage among victims’ rights advocates and was criticized by the survivor of his sexual assault.

For Katie Strang's full story, click here.

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