Ottawa Senators assistant normal supervisor Randy Lee has been charged with harassment in relation to an incident with a 19-year-old resort worker in a shuttle bus in Buffalo.
Lee has been launched after an look, with no illustration, in a Buffalo courtroom Friday morning. His passport was seized, and the choose informed Lee to get a lawyer and that he should avoid the Westin resort, the place he was staying.
Lee pleaded not responsible to the cost, the Senators stated in an announcement late Friday afternoon. The membership stated a choose informed Lee to be in court docket on Monday at 11 a.m. for a pre-trial convention involving all events.
On Wednesday at 10:30 p.m., based on district legal professional John Flynn in Buffalo, Lee was in a resort shuttle, heading again to the Westin from a restaurant and bar known as 716 on Scott Road.
Flynn stated Lee allegedly put his arms on a 19-year-old male worker’s shoulders and made “lewd” remarks. The younger man then made a criticism to police, who investigated.
If discovered responsible, Lee might face a high-quality and up 15 days in jail, though Flynn famous he wouldn’t search any jail time.
“I usually don’t get into too many specifics a few pending matter however on this case I’ll for 2 causes: No. 1 as a result of I don’t need the hearsay mill on the market to be unfair to Mr. Lee and what really occurred right here, and No. 2, it’s only a violation. It’s not going to go earlier than a jury,” Flynn informed reporters at his downtown workplace.
Flynn stated Lee was at a operate at 716 when the teenager driver from the Westin was dispatched to choose him up.
Flynn stated Lee requested the motive force if he might sit within the entrance seat and the younger man agreed he might.
“In the midst of the drive again to the Westin Resort, Mr. Lee allegedly put his arms on (the younger man’s) shoulders and allegedly made some lewd feedback,” Flynn stated. “The younger man informed him to ‘cease’ and don’t contact him.
“Mr. Lee allegedly didn’t cease and put his hand again on his shoulders once more and began rubbing his shoulders. The younger man once more informed him to cease.”
Flynn alleged that once they pulled as much as the resort, “Mr. Lee made a reference to his personal non-public elements and made a vulgar, lewd assertion to the 19-year-old once more.”
The motive force, shaken by the incident, instantly reported the matter to the pinnacle of safety on the Westin and Buffalo police investigated Thursday.
Flynn stated Lee was held in custody Thursday evening as a result of he’s a Canadian citizen.
“They didn’t need him fleeing the nation,” Flynn stated. “It’s not the crime of the century and I had no drawback releasing him from custody however I needed to make sure that we had his passport and that he would reply to this cost.”
Lee, handcuffed, waited Friday to make his look earlier than the choose on the courthouse on Delaware Avenue sporting a T-shirt. His look was delayed as a result of his passport needed to be delivered to Buffalo.
“The harassment cost reads with intent to harass, annoy or alarm one other particular person, the person made bodily contact or threatened to make bodily contact,” stated Flynn.
“We’re conscious that Randy Lee, our assistant normal supervisor, was charged with the violation of “Harassment”. A violation is a non-criminal offence,” the Senators stated of their assertion. “This occasion came about on Wednesday night in Buffalo, N.Y. He pled not responsible and was launched on his personal recognizance. A pre-trial convention is about for Monday morning.”
Flynn stated he expects the matter can be resolved on Monday. Lee might face a high-quality and Flynn believed the utmost is $250.
“Mr. Lee is principally pressured to remain the weekend. I feel he was supposed to depart Saturday,” Flynn stated. “I don’t know what’s going to occur Monday however I wouldn’t be stunned if it will get resolved on Monday.”
The Senators had issued an announcement earlier Friday and stated they have been investigating the matter.
“We have now been made conscious of Randy Lee’s arraignment in Buffalo,” that assertion learn. “The Ottawa Senators will all the time maintain all members of the group to the very best requirements of behaviour, whatever the surroundings during which they function.
“To this finish, we’re reviewing the scenario with the best of care.”
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“I’ll get (the younger man) justice,” Flynn stated.
“It’s only a violation, it’s not even a misdemeanour, however nonetheless (Lee) goes to should reply for what he (allegedly) did. He already spent an evening in jail, so one evening in jail is a wake-up name to him. If it’s resolved, I’m not going to ask for jail time.”
A violation will not be as critical as a misdemeanour within the U.S. court docket system: a misdemeanour is a criminal offense that turns into a part of the legal file, whereas a violation is beneath that.
“That is going to be very damaging for (Lee) publicly, he’s acquired a really public place because the assistant normal supervisor of an NHL workforce. It might have an effect on his employment.”
Flynn stated he couldn’t touch upon whether or not there was surveillance gear within the shuttle bus.
“I’ve acquired a 19-year-old sufferer who thinks it’s in all probability a cool factor to get an assistant normal supervisor of a hockey workforce within the automobile,” stated Flynn. “What number of instances does a 19-year-old get an opportunity to speak to a normal supervisor of a hockey workforce and discuss in regards to the Stanley Cup and completely different hockey gamers?
“That’s form of a cool factor. What’s not cool is what (allegedly) occurred, and in order that’s why Mr. Lee goes to should reply for, his uncool behaviour.”
Lee was on the town for the NHL Mix that acquired underway Monday morning on the KeyBank Middle.
Lee has been with the Senators for 24 years and most just lately performed a pivotal function within the membership’s choice to maneuver its AHL affiliate from Binghamton to Belleville.