Surrey’s Josh Boden, a former member of the B.C. Lions football team, has been found guilty of two sexual assaults.
The 24-year-old was convicted in Vancouver Provincial Court last Friday.
Boden was arrested – following a violent struggle – after Vancouver Police reported seeing him fondling a woman at two Vancouver SkyTrain stations in August 2009. (http://bit.ly/srYoOU) After his arrest, he was also charged with sexually assaulting a woman during a separate incident in an office building.
In court on Friday, Boden was also found guilty of assault a police officer and obstructing a police officer.
Before he turned pro, the 6’1″ Boden was a standout player for for the then-Surrey Rams (now the Langley Rams) of the Canadian Junior Football League.
In his 2005 season with the Rams, Boden was the B.C. Football Conference’s rookie of the year, MVP, and best special teams player. His performance won him an invitation to the B.C. Lions training camp the same year.
In 2007, Boden made the Lions roster as a backup wide receiver, but he was released by the team after he was charged with domestic assault and robbery in 2008 – charges that were later dropped. Still, the Lions refused to re-sign him.
Boden was picked up by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, but cut after one game.
He will now undergo a psychiatric assessment and pre-sentencing report before being sentenced in the new year.
– with files from Dan Ferguson