Jesse Davis has a lot of stamps in his hockey coaching career, but it now looks like the troubled coach’s train has derailed itself straight out of hockey and into a Colorado State Prison.
As the news of the coach’s arrest spread over the weekend, many fellow coaches and ex-players confirmed rumors of the coach’s heavy drug and alcohol use. There have been numerous stories regarding his inappropriate behavior, but never anything that reached the current level of severity.
Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies arrested Davis on last week on suspicion of sexual assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the sheriff’s office.
Investigators believe Davis sexually assaulted the teen who has been camping in his back yard. According to court documents obtained by CBS4.
He served as the director of hockey operations for the Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association since 2019.
Colorado Select posted the following statement to their website in response to Davis' arrest:
On February 4, 2021, Colorado Select learned that Hockey Director Jesse Davis had been arrested on charges of sexual assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Colorado Select was shocked to learn of Davis' arrest. Colorado Select is in contact with Colorado Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) and the U.S. Center for SafeSport to provide support resources to its members and their families. Colorado Select has provided information to U.S. Center for SafeSport regarding the arrest. Davis has been suspended by CAHA from all hockey activities in Colorado. Colorado Select has suspended Davis as Hockey Director and has excluded Davis from all Colorado Select activities. At this time Colorado Select has received no information that the events giving rise to the charges involve any of its members.
Davis has several years of experience coaching junior hockey. He was an assistant coach in the NAHL with the Toledo IceDiggers (2003-04) and Texas Tornado (2009-10) and spent four seasons (2010-14) as an assistant with the USHL’s Fargo Force.
Davis, who also runs a hockey school called Hockey Smart, was the head coach of the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League’s Breckenridge Bucks and Minnesota Iron Rangers of the Superior International Junior Hockey League. He was also the last coach for the USA Central Hockey League’s Wichita Falls Force before the league ceased operations.
A witness in the Colorado criminal case, whose name has been redacted in the affidavit, stated her concerns that Davis is with teenage girls, “All day, every day.”
According to information in the arrest affidavit, the charges against Davis stem from an alleged assault that took place in June at his home. Although heavily redacted, the affidavit alleges Davis brought a half-full bottle of Fireball Whiskey into a tent where two underage girls, his girlfriend’s daughter and her friend, were having a sleepover in his backyard. He is accused of allowing the girls to drink the whiskey until both were intoxicated and then sexually assaulting the friend of his girlfriend’s daughter. The affidavit states the group had also been smoking marijuana in the tent.
In the affidavit, the alleged victim states that earlier in the evening, the group had been watching a movie, eating, drinking wine and occasional shots of whiskey. She said she and her friend had already been feeling intoxicated when they went into the tent for the night. Approximately 30 minutes later Davis came back into the backyard from his house and invited himself into the tent.
The alleged victim states that after they finished the bottle of whiskey, she was very intoxicated and felt like she was going to be sick. When investigators asked how drunk she felt, on a scale of one to ten, with one being sober, and ten being extremely drunk, she replied she was definitely a ten.
The affidavit says Davis touched the girl inappropriately while she was vomiting and attempted to have sex with her, then went back into the tent and made out with her until her friend remarked that he was too old to be kissing her and told him to stop.
The victim said she was extremely drunk at the time and did not give Davis permission to touch her, the affidavit says.
Davis was in court Feb. 5, where he was formally advised of charges against him. His case is set for a preliminary hearing March 3, at 10:30 a.m.
Investigators in Colorado are anyone that has information about this or any other criminal incident involving Davis, please call the Jefferson County tip line at 303-271-5612.
**Content compiled from multiple news outlets including Denver Post, NBC News9, and other local sources.**