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Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« on: February 03, 2009, 04:06:02 PM »
The current GM and VP of the Saskatchewan Roughriders was charged with sexual assault today.  Tillman, 51 years, was charged regarding an incident that took place last summer with a 16 year old girl.

Yikes!   :shock:  Since he has young kids, I wonder if this is a babysitter scenario?  Just heard it reported on the news.
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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2009, 04:17:23 PM »
Is it sexual assault because she's 16 or because it wasn't consensual?
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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2009, 04:25:34 PM »
Is it sexual assault because she's 16 or because it wasn't consensual?

Not sure...there were not a lot of details on the report I heard.  Only that he will be in court February 23rd (and the rest of my post above).
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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2009, 04:52:29 PM »
What the hell is the matter with men,  and possibly 16 year old girls?   :shake:

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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2009, 02:32:50 AM »
Saw portions of Eric Tillman's press conference  held today.  He (of course) categorically denied the allegations.  He knew of the investigation - which apparently started August 6/08 when the complaint was filed - but was surprised by the charges laid today.  He said that "the truth and the facts will come out" and he apologized to his family and fans of the Saskatchewan Roughriders for any distress that the charges laid might cause.  He has been placed on administrative leave by the football team so that he can attend to these personal matters and the President of the Roughriders, who was also at the press conference, said that the team has no plans to replace him.  He will appear in court in Regina February 24th.
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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2009, 08:20:47 AM »
Maybe she was dressing like she was 20...
I'm definitely not trying to defend anyone, but 13 year olds are trying looking like 20 year olds now.
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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2009, 08:38:39 AM »
Consensual or not, even though I believe the age of consent in Canada is 14, I'm pretty sure a 51 year old can't have sex with a 16 year old, particularly if she is his baby sitter or in some other "trust" type relationship.

Take basic morals/religious beliefs out of the equation and as a male of the species I can certainly see why he may want to.  As the human animal I've always felt that nature makes females their most attractive when they were ready to breed which is around 15/16.  Not trying to sound disgusting, I honestly think that is true.
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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2010, 02:30:19 AM »
Tillman pleaded guilty in court Monday.  He is to be sentenced tomorrow.  The defence is looking for an "absolute discharge".  Also reported that the Executive and Board of the Saskatchewan Roughriders were having a meeting Monday night to decide what to do with their "suspended with pay" GM/VP.  In court, Tillman pleaded guilty and while elocuting to the charges claimed that he "hooked" his fingers into her beltloops, from behind, and pulled her towards him.  Also said that he was on sleep and pain medication at the time.

It would seem to me that some 'discussions' were made behind the scenes so the sixteen year old victim would not have to become involved in a court case, nor would Tillman have to be involved in anything long and drawn-out and, potentially, sordid.
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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2010, 09:18:18 AM »
Maybe she was dressing like she was 20...
I'm definitely not trying to defend anyone, but 13 year olds are trying looking like 20 year olds now.

You want to talk about girls trying to look older or "cute"?  Take a look at that ridiculous show called "Tiaras and Toddlers" and you will see a HUGE reason girls/women are a target at younger ages.  These parents, mostly mothers in the case of the show, are forcing their daughters to parade around because they want to live through them.  It's disgusting what they make these kids do.

Then watch Maurie or w/e when they have 13-year olds who look like they should be working a corner in Vegas on the show.  Doesn't take a genious to figure out where those kids are heading (and no, I am not placing sole blame on the kids or parents, there are some sick men out there who thrive on this type of situation).

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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2010, 10:04:10 AM »
According to what I've read the whole thing seems to have been blown out of proportion.  Tillman had been sent home from a meeting earlier in the day because the medication he was on had made him 'loopy' and he wasn't himself that day.  Subsequent phone calls from the babysitter to Tillman, which had been recorded for some reason, included much discussion of him explaining to her that he had no memory of the incident because of said medication and his sincere apologies.  Honestly I don't know why there were even charges brought against him unless someone thought there might be money in it for them...

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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2010, 10:39:10 AM »
If he put his fingers in her belt loop from behind and pulled her towards himself,  it's definately wrong but I can't imagine she would be scarred for life by such an event.  Taking into account her age and the fact he was medicated and people in his office said he was loopy then this sounds like overkill.  A seriously discussion and a heart felt apology should have sufficed instead of basically ruining the man's life and career. 

I have no sympathy for people who go near kids but this kind of sounds like just an unfortunate situation.

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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2010, 11:35:57 AM »
He has been granted an absolute discharge.

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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2010, 11:43:33 AM »
Sounds right given the circumstances.  The impact for him will be way beyond what a court would give him.  Circumstances or not, it doesn't come off well for him.

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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2010, 11:44:38 AM »
That's the problem with sexual assault charges, just the implication alone can ruin your life and people know that.

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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2010, 11:53:44 AM »
 :icon_agree:  So true.  I don't want to sound paranoid but I won't even drive my kids friends home without one of my kids in the car with us.  Just a rule I have not to be left alone with other peoples kids.  Ain't going to happen.
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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2010, 12:22:46 PM »
:icon_agree:  So true.  I don't want to sound paranoid but I won't even drive my kids friends home without one of my kids in the car with us.  Just a rule I have not to be left alone with other peoples kids.  Ain't going to happen.
It's mandated in our hockey association.
And as a coach, I am very consious of this.

I used to have this little girl on my son's soccer team, who would climb all over me.
Whenever, I saw her coming I would immediately stand up and keep her at arms length.
Too bad that it's come to this . . .sometimes a kid just needs a hug.
But, it's not coming from me.

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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2010, 12:53:14 PM »
Too bad that it's come to this . . .sometimes a kid just needs a hug.
But, it's not coming from me.

So true!  I'm a pretty loving guy and I adore kids but unfortunately the past sins of others means well meaning men have to take precautions.

Ajax hockey is the same way.  You aren't even allowed in the dressing room alone with a kid that isn't yours.  Once a kid got hurt in practice and left the ice.  I went to check up on him and had to get another father to come into the room with me.

My feelings on this though is if protects one kid from the Graham Jame's of the world it's worth it.
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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2010, 01:50:03 PM »
Pretty harsh, but I do agree with it for the most part.
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Re: Eric Tillman Charged with Sexual Assault
« Reply #19 on: February 09, 2010, 03:18:18 PM »
Heard Jeff Hunt on the team this weekend.  Discussion included the potential for a CFL team, and that to start the quality of players would be much better than the Renegades and would have the potential to make the playoffs right away.  Hunt involved is a huge difference of course, since it is competent local ownership group.

Tillman is a first class CFL football guy, should he be considered for the job if Ottawa gets another franchise?