Six members of the QMJHL's Gatineau Olympiques are under investigation after they were witnessed engaging in lewd behavior in a restaurant bathroom.
According to stories published on Monday morning in various newspapers, including the Ottawa Citizen, Gatineau police were pursuing a complaint about indecent acts involving “at least six” players and an intoxicated woman at a local Boston Pizza restaurant last Friday night. Charges have not yet been filed, but a moral and gross indecency case has been opened. There is no complaint yet for sexual assault.
Several witnesses stated that an intoxicated woman was alone at the restaurant when a dozen Olympiques players arrived for a late dinner after their 4–1 win over the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. The woman reportedly flashed her breasts and rubbed up against several customers before engaging in conversation with the players. The witnesses say that she later invited one young man to go with her to an upstairs bathroom. The player reportedly motioned to his teammates to join him, and at least five allegedly followed.
Several players were reportedly inside a locked bathroom with the woman when a waiter intervened, and at least two of the players were seen pulling up their pants.
Police arrived and interviewed several witnesses. The woman refused to file a complaint.
A team official said he was aware of the investigation, but would not comment on possible disciplinary action.
“We are currently gathering information on this incident,” Alain Sear, the president of the Olympiques, said. “The internal investigation is continuing and there will be no further comment.”