Reid Boucher signs deal despite sexual assault charges

Details here:

HockeyFeed

Back in February, former NHLer Reid Boucher was sentenced to four years of probation, with one year of jail time suspended if he successfully completes the probation in a closed Washtenaw County court hearing in his 2011 sexual assault case involving a 12-year-old.

Boucher, now 28 years old but 17 years old at the time of the allegations, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving penetration with someone between the ages of 13 and 16 years old. If you’re out of the loop on this story, Boucher is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 12 year old girl, a resident of his billet family’s home, while with the U.S. National Development Program in Michigan.

The woman, now 23 years old, had originally been seeking a first degree sexual assault charge with a penalty of 25 years to life in prison, and the third-degree charge normally carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison, including sex offender registration for Boucher but was unsuccessful. As it stands, Boucher will likely never serve any jail time for his alleged crimes.

When the sentence was put in motion, it seemed like the KHL had decided to cut ties with Boucher. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl had announced that Boucher was fired from the club.

However that did not stop Avangard Omsk to sign Boucher to a one-year contract that’ll begin in the 2022-23 season.

Avangard general manager Alexei Volkov released a statement shortly after, explaining his decision to bring back Boucher.

“The decision regarding Boucher was not an easy one,” said Volkov. “We understand the pressure that was put on him at the end of last season, both here in Russia and his homeland.

“We understand Boucher made a mistake,” Volkov added. “Plus, he was underage at the time. It is very important what conclusions a person draws from his mistakes, how he changed. Reid fully realized his guilt. A lot of time has passed since then, and the club decided to give Reid a second chance. Everyone deserves a second chance.”

Boucher also commented the new chapter in his career in a video, saying “these last couple of months have been tough for myself and my family.” Adding that “they’re now trying to move forward.”

This remains a very controversial case, especially since two additional women came forward to /The Athletic’s/ Katie Strang, alleging he attempted to solicit explicit photos from them when he was 21 years old and they were 15 and 17, respectively. Boucher has yet to face any further legal action from either of the two victims.

At least now, we know where he will be: playing for Avangard Omsk…