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Ex-players accused of sexual assault, Massimo Siciliano and Nicolas Daigle (archive photo).

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The contents of the cell phones of the two former Victoriaville Tigers players guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage girl will never see the light of day. Judge Thomas Jacques maintained the seal and publication ban on this evidence to protect the victim and the healthy administration of justice.

He thus rejects the request made by the media consortium's lawyer, Me Patricia Hénault, on October 20, when determining the dates for the sentencing hearings.

During the hearing on the motion, on December 18, the lawyers of the two former players, Massimo Siciliano and Nicolas Daigle, but also that of the victim, opposed the disclosure of this evidence .

In his decision rendered on Wednesday, the judge rightly underlines the importance of protecting the victim of sexual assault who is a minor at the time of the events, with the aim, among other things, of encouraging denunciation. p>

The documents found on cell phones were to be part of the trial of the two ex-hockey players, Massimo Siciliano and Nicolas Daigle, but they remained under seal since they pleaded guilty, quickly ending the trial, on the first day .

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The different parties had previously agreed that the accused would plead guilty, on the condition, among other things, that this evidence would not be revealed by any of them.

As the agreement on their guilt made it possible to avoid two weeks of trial and all the consequences that it could have brought to the victim and the guilty, the judge considers that the fact of publishing the evidence would undermine such agreements and pleading guilty.

He believes that his decision preserves the balance between the public interest in the publicization of judicial proceedings and that of the sound administration of justice.

Some content had already been revealed to members of the media in court during preliminary hearings, during which the defense attempted to have the evidence collected on the phones excluded from the trial. It was then subject to a publication ban pending disclosure at trial, as admissibility was at that time debated.

The x27;attack occurred in a room at the Entourage-sur-le-Lac hotel in Lac-Beauport, where the Tigres were celebrating their conquest of the President Cup, which they had just won at the Videotron Center, in June 2021.

The victim, aged 17 at the time of the incident, was an employee of the hotel establishment. She had refused a three-way sexual relationship, but the two players still waited for her in a room.

Nicolas Daigle is also guilty of having produced a video during the act without his knowledge and of having made it accessible.

The sentencing hearings for the two ex-Victoriaville Tigres players guilty of sexual assault will take place from March 18 to 21.< /p>

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