Pair of hockey players charged with sexual assault

Ethan Magoc file photo: Mercyhurst freshman goaltender Jordan Tibbett.Ethan Magoc file photo: Mercyhurst freshman goaltender Jordan Tibbett.Two Mercyhurst College freshman hockey players have been charged with sexual assault stemming from a Nov. 14 incident on Briggs Avenue.

Kyle Just and Jordan Tibbett, both 20 years old, were arraigned in front of Erie 3rd Ward District Judge Tom Carney on Nov. 23 on a sexual assault felony count, according to a report by the Erie Times-News.

Criminal complaints filed in the case allege Just and Tibbett sexually assaulted a woman and forced her to perform a sex act in a Briggs apartment on Nov. 14.

Contributed photo: Mercyhurst freshman forward Kyle Just.Contributed photo: Mercyhurst freshman forward Kyle Just.

They were each released on $10,000 bond on Nov. 23.

Tibbett, Mercyhurst’s freshman goaltender, is a native of Indianapolis, Ind. He has played in four games in 2010-11, registering a record of 0-3-1 for the Lakers with a 2.81 goals against average.

Just, a forward from Arnprior, Ont., leads the Lakers in assists with six this season. He made the Atlantic Hockey Association’s most recent Honor Roll for his play through Nov. 21.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. at the Erie County Courthouse’s Central Court.

The college’s athletic department declined comment regarding Tibbett and Just’s status with the varsity hockey program, but neither played during the team’s two weekend losses.

Mercyhurst Director of Marketing and Public Relations Meghan Corbin said the college is cooperating with the City of Erie Police and “following internal student disciplinary protocol” but would not release further details about the incident.