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Former Quebec youth hockey players convicted of sexual assault to appeal sentences

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec — Two former Quebec hockey players will appeal their prison sentences for sexually assaulting a young boy at a hotel during a celebration of the Victoriaville Tigres’ championship victory in June 2021.

On Monday, Quebec Court Judge Thomas Jacques sentenced Nicolas Daigle to 32 months in prison and Massimo Siciliano to 30 months.

Siciliano’s lawyer, 21, has asked for a suspended sentence and bail for his client to be released while he awaits a verdict.

An attorney for Daigle, 21, said he had filed a similar objection on behalf of his client.

Both appeals are scheduled to be heard at the high court in the state capital on Thursday.

At the time of the attack, both men were members of the Victoriaville team in the Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League and the club was celebrating after winning the championship trophy on June 5, 2021.

The victim, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, was an employee at a Quebec City-area hotel where the team was staying during the 2021 playoffs. Daigle and his teammates had befriended him while living at the hotel for about a month leading up to their victory.

He initially declined the team members’ invitation to join the party. He also initially declined Daigle’s request to join him in his room, citing hotel policy. But after he left work that night, Daigle texted him again and convinced him to come back to the hotel.

The victim agreed to enter the room with Daigle alone, but when she arrived, she saw Siciliano, whom she did not recognize, also there. She said she felt trapped before being attacked by the two, sometimes at the same time, for about 40 minutes.

Daigle recorded the woman without her knowledge.

Both men pleaded guilty ahead of a hearing in October.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 10, 2024.

Canadian Press