Two minor league hockey players from Nebraska are being investigated by police in Minnesota for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl and recording it.
Court documents say a 19-year-old and 18-year-old player from the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League had sex with the girl at a Moorhead hotel Feb. 15 when the team was in town to play the Fargo Force.
General Manager Jon Hull said that he is aware of the pending investigation and that to his knowledge the players are fully cooperating with law officials.
According to a search warrant affidavit, the victim and one of the players exchanged facebook messages, phone numbers and text messages in the days leading up to the Stars hockey game against the Fargo Force. It says the victim, along with a 16-year-old friend, went to the game and then met the players at the Days Inn in Moorhead afterwards.
Once at the hotel, the affidavit says everyone involved told investigators the sex was consensual. The victim is under the age of consent in Minnesota. State law says criminal sexual conduct happens if the perpetrator is more than 48 months older than the victim.
The affidavit says one of the players took a brief video of the sexual encounter, which was circulated among other players in the USHL. It reportedly reached players as far as Waterloo, IA. In the report, the girl says she did not know about the video until two days later. It says she contacted the players, asked the video be sent to her and then deleted.
The affidavit says the girl went to a counselor for advice and that's when police got involved.
A Moorhead detective traveled to Lincoln, Neb., to interview the two players.
According to the court records, the players told investigators the girl messaged several players before their game in Fargo. It says they all agreed to meet at the hotel.
According to the affidavit, players say the girl knew about the pictures and videos and requested they be taken. It says they told investigators they did not force the victim to do anything. In the report, the players maintain they thought the girl was 16.
Depictions of minors under the age of 18 engaging in sexual activity are prohibited.
The player's cell phones were seized as evidence. No charges have been filed.
Hull says team officials are waiting to see what happens with the police probe.
In a statement Hull said "We are aware of the pending investigation involving the said players, to our knowledge the players are fully co operating with law officials, we have no further comment as an organization."