Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former OHL Player to Be Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Girl, 16, on Oct. 24

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former OHL Player to Be Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Girl, 16, on Oct. 24

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Former OHL player to be sentenced Oct. 24

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WINDSOR, Ont. - A former Ontario Hockey League player has been freed on bail until his sentencing hearing next month.

Ben Johnson was found guilty on Thursday of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in the washroom of a Windsor, Ont., bar in March 2013.

At a hearing on Friday, Johnson's bail was increased to $27,500 from $15,000 and he was freed on condition that he leave Essex County and only return for court dates.

The sentencing hearing for Johnson, who played for the Windsor Spitfires, is set for Oct. 24.

Johnson told court he didn't have intercourse with the girl, but Justice Kirk Munroe ruled the evidence did not support Johnson's testimony, calling it "unbelievable."

Johnson has spent parts of the past two hockey seasons in New Jersey's minor league system. …

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