Senators assistant GM pleads not guilty to harassment allegation

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Daniel Alfredsson, left, speaks with Pierre Dorion, centre, and Randy Lee at the Ottawa Senators training camp in Ottawa in 2015 (Patrick Doyle/CP)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee is being allowed to return to Canada after pleading not guilty to allegations he made lewd comments and rubbed the shoulders of a 19-year-old hotel shuttle driver while in Buffalo for the NHL combine.

Neither Lee nor his attorney commented after the hearing Monday in Buffalo City Court.

The Senators released the following on Monday afternoon:

Randy Lee appeared in Buffalo City Court today and the hearing has been scheduled for late June. His status with the organization remains unchanged. As the matter is pending before the Court, no further statements will be issued until that time.

Lee had to surrender his passport and had been unable to return to Ottawa since being arrested last week on a second-degree harassment charge. The alleged incident happened May 30 following an NHL event.

He’s scheduled to return to court June 22.

Lee faces a fine and up to 15 days in jail if found guilty of the violation, though Erie County District Attorney John Flynn has said he doesn’t expect to pursue jail time.

Lee has spent 23 seasons with the Senators and just completed his fourth as assistant GM."

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