Cousins, along with two teammates of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, were charged with sexual assault on Saturday and subsequently turned themselves in. Cousins along with teammate Andrew Fritsch were released after turning themselves into Sault Ste. Marie police. They will appear in court on October 1st. One player, American Mark Petaccio, was held in custody and will appear in bail court this morning.
The official release from the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department read:
“On the 25th of August 2012, three males have been charged with an offence as to a female known to them. Charged with sexual assault is 19 year old Brian Nicholas Cousins of 41 Meadowvale Avenue in Belleville, Ontario, 19 year old Andrew Douglas Fritsch of 11 Stymie Boulevard in Brantford, Ontario and 18 year old Mark Anthony Petaccio of 61 New Brooklyn Road in Sicklerville, New Jersey. Brian Nicholas Cousins and Andrew Douglas Fritsch have been scheduled for court October 1, 2012. Mark Anthony Petaccio will appear in bail court on Monday, August 27, 2012.”
The Flyers released a statement yesterday:
"We are aware of the unfortunate situation involving Nick Cousins. Due to lack of information available to us, we will not comment at this time."
The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds also released a statement of support:
“Earlier today our organization was made aware of accusations involving three members of our hockey program.
Over the course of time that each of these players has been part of our program we have seen each of them make excellent strides both on and off the ice. The strides made over each young man’s tenure here are what makes today’s situation so surprising.
Our Hockey Club will continue to perform our duty in supporting the three members of our team as they go through the legal process. Our Hockey Club will now allow the legal process to run its due course at this time. We will also continue to support the investigation of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Services in any way possible.”
The Courier Post first reported the news yesterday. The 19 year old Cousins has been widely regarded as the Flyers top prospect. Last season, Cousins had 35 goals and 53 assists for 88 points in 65 games. He recently signed a three year entry level contract worth $2.53 million.
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