Glass Company CEO’s History of Sexual Misconduct Revealed

The CEO of OcuGlass in Calumet, Mich., is involved in sexual assault allegations stemming from an alleged encounter while he was a staff member for the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team.

Brad Aldrich allegedly initiated a sexual encounter with a Blackhawks player, which the player later said was not consensual. Three years later, in a separate incident, Aldrich was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a high school student.

An October 2021 report by Jenner & Block LLP to the Chicago Blackhawks explains that a former team member, later identified as Kyle Beach, filed a lawsuit against the team on May 7, 2021. He alleged that he was sexually assaulted in May 2010 by Aldrich, who was then the team’s video coach. Beach also alleged the team was made aware of the incident soon after it occurred, but did not act to address the allegations.

The law firm, based in Chicago, discovered in an investigation that in early May 2010, Aldrich, then 27 years old, and Beach, then age 20, had a sexual encounter. Beach was a player for the Blackhawks’ minor league affiliate team. He was called up as a prospective player if the team needed him while the Blackhawks competed in the National Hockey League playoffs. That year, the team won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1961. Beach maintained that the encounter with Aldrich was not consensual, and Aldrich threatened his career, according to the report.

In light of the fact that the Blackhawks violated their own sexual assault policy, the team was fined $2 million by the National Hockey League. Aldrich’s name was also removed from the team’s Stanley Cup.

Aldrich was later arrested for a separate incident in Houghton, Mich., in 2013. Aldrich, then 30 and volunteering with the Houghton High School hockey team, was charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a high school student between 16 and 18 years old. Aldrich served nine months in jail.

Aldrich remains on the state of Michigan’s list of sex offenders.

At press time, neither Aldrich nor OcuGlass responded to emails from USGNN requesting comment, and the company’s phone line was down.

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