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Franklin County jury finds former NHL player not guilty on 2 sexual assault charges; deadlocked on 3rd related charge

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Texas – Former Dallas Stars center Mike Ribeiro has been found not guilty for two sexual assault charges stemming back to June 2021.

The trial lasted more than a week in Franklin County, about 100 miles east of Dallas. 

A jury was deadlocked on a third charge, attempted sexual assault.

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DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 27: Mike Ribeiro #63 of the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on October 27, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


The former hockey player was accused of sexually assaulting two women on a boat and another on a jet ski on Lake Cypress.

The county DA has not said if they will re-try the case for that third charge.

Ribeiro played for the stars from 2006 to 2012.

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Mike Ribeiro(Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

By KLTV Digital Media Staff

Published: Feb. 2, 2024 at 5:14 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 2, 2024 at 5:16 PM CST

MOUNT VERNON, Texas (KLTV) – A Franklin County jury has found former NHL player Mike Ribeiro not guilty of sexual assault.

Mike Ribeiro, who played for the Dallas Stars from 2006 to 2011, was charged with and found not guilty on two counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault. The jury deadlocked on the count of attempted sexual assault. It is not yet clear whether Ribeiro will be retried on the third charge.

His trial has been ongoing in Franklin County since Jan. 23.

The jury has been deliberating for more than 11 hours in total since closing arguments were made on Thursday.

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