Two Dallas Stars Players Arraigned
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) _ Todd Harvey and Grant Marshall of the NHL’s Dallas Stars were arraigned Monday on sexual assault charges.
Harvey, 21, of Coppell, Texas, and Marshall, 23, of Kanata, Ontario, were charged along with two other men with sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman at house party in Winnipeg.
All four were released after the arraignment and must appear Sept. 9 to enter a plea.
They were arrested early Friday, about a half hour after the incident was reported, police said.
``All we can do is cooperate with the media and cooperate with the authorities,″ Stars president Jim Lites said. ``In light of what’s transpired here in Dallas recently (with the Michael Irvin case), we’re very sensitive to this sort of thing. We support our players, but we support the process first.″
The Dallas Cowboys receiver pleaded no contest to cocaine possession last month.
Lites said he had no direct knowledge of what took place, but he had spoken to both players and Harvey’s agent, Pat Morris.
``Pat said they didn’t even shake hands with the girl,″ Lites said. ``They were with two other guys and closed down a bar, then went to a house. The girl shows up with some other guys, and there’s an altercation that Marshall breaks up. A couple of hours later, the girl charges them with sexual assault.″
Robert Joseph Bulchak, 20, and Patrick James Barton, 22, both of Burlington, Ontario, were the others charged in the matter.
Harvey, a right wing, is among the Stars’ best young players. He’s a grinding forward heading into his second full season after being chosen ninth overall by Dallas in the entry draft in 1993.
Marshall, a forward-defenseman, made the NHL after breaking his neck when he was checked from behind in 1990. He was Toronto’s second pick, 23rd overall, in the 1992 entry draft, but was traded to Dallas in 1994.