Sex assault probe sends Thunder Bay investigators to Ottawa

Thunder Bay police have confirmed for the first time that a Thunder Bay woman is the victim of an alleged sexual assault in the city last month.
The University of Ottawa men's varsity hockey program has been suspended after allegations of "serious misconduct" came to light several days ago. (Richard A. Whittaker/University of Ottawa)

Thunder Bay police officers are in Ottawa today, along with RCMP members from the Thunder Bay detachment, to conduct interviews in the wake of an alleged sexual assault in the northwestern Ontario city last month.

The interview subjects are people connected to the University of Ottawa hockey program, police say.

This phase of the investigation into the alleged incident on Feb. 1 is expected to take several days.

Thunder Bay police spokesperson Chris Adams said the people being interviewed in Ottawa include "any [hockey] players who are deemed to be relevant. Certainly anyone who either was a player with the team or connected to the team, who may have information which will help further this investigation."

Last week the university suspended its hockey program because of the allegation.

Thunder Bay police have also confirmed, for the first time, that a woman currently living in Thunder Bay is the victim in the alleged assault.

Adams said investigators have been in contact with her throughout the investigation.

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