Josh Boden

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Joshua (Josh) Joseph Boden
CFL Free agent
Boden Joshua Joseph 1.jpg
Handout by Vancouver Police, September 24, 2009
Date of birth: (1986-12-12) December 12, 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth: Vancouver, British Columbia
Career information
Status: Not active
CFL status: National
Position(s): WR
Height: 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Organizations
As player:
2006–2007
2008
BC Lions
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career stats
Playing stats at CFL.ca

Joshua (Josh) Joseph Boden (born December 12, 1986 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a former Canadian football wide receiver in the Canadian Football League. His career came to an end as the result of several years of criminal activity, including sexual assault, many under the alias Mike Boden.

Football career[edit]

Boden wore the number 1, weighs 205 lb. and is 6'1 tall. In his Canadian Junior Football League career, Boden played for the South Surrey Rams (now the Big Kahuna Rams) of the British Columbia Football Conference. In his only season there, Boden was BCFC Most Outstanding Receiver, Special Teams Player, Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year. He won the CJFL Rookie of the Year award as well. In 2005, Boden attended British Columbia Lions training camp. In a preseason game against the Calgary Stampeders, he scored a 14 yard touchdown. Boden was officially signed as a free agent by B.C. in May 2006, but as a member of the Territorial Protected List. In 2006, he attended training camp again and made the teams as a member of the Developmental Roster. In 2007, Boden made the teams roster as a backup wide receiver. During a game on September 29, 2007, he caught his first CFL pass. In fact, he finished the game with 3 catches for 83 yards.

Boden was released by the Lions following being charged with domestic assault and robbery in April, 2008.[1] The charges were dropped on August 14, 2008, and Boden stated his intention to resume his football career.[2] BC Lions general manager Wally Buono stated he did not intend to re-sign him.[3]

Three months later he formally signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on September 24, 2008, in time for a September 27 game against the Lions at BC Place.[4][5] After he was cut, GM Bob O'Billovich said Boden was cut because Chris Bauman's post-concussion problems had cleared.

Criminal history[edit]

Vancouver Police Department Public Warning Handout, September 2009

Joshua Boden goes by the alias Mike Boden and has an extensive criminal history of violence, sexual assault, and involvement with prostitutes.

2008[edit]

Joshua Boden (AKA Mike Boden) was charged with assault, theft, and mischief (court file number 197454) in April 2008 in connection with a complaint laid by former girlfriend Kimberly Lynn Hallgarth, age 33. Hallgarth changed her story on the witness stand in August 2008 and charges were dropped. The charges resulted in Boden's dismissal from the BC Lions.[6]

On October 12, 2008 Boden was charged with four firearms offences.[6]

2009[edit]

On or about March 15, 2009 Kim Hallgarth was found brutally murdered at her 6776 Colborne Avenue, Burnaby, BC residence (IHIT File #2009-2220).[7] Boden is a “person of interest” in the Hallgarth investigation.[8] Karen Boden, Josh's mother, said that her son has always blamed Hallgarth for "ruining" his football career.[9] It was reported that Kimberly Hallgarth owned a nail salon but also worked as a prostitute.[10] It has been noted that Boden's mother, Karen, was placed in a safe house to hide from her son and has altered her appearance to be not recognized by the son she now fears.[11]

On Monday September 7, 2009, Boden was arrested by Vancouver Police after allegedly being observed by police fondling a woman. Boden was taken into custody after a violent struggle near Commercial Drive and Broadway in Vancouver and charged with sex assault and resisting or obstructing police. Bolan is also a person of interest in four other sexual assaults by a muscular black male during the summer of 2009.[6]

Firearms charges were dismissed Thursday October 11, 2009 due to prosecution not proving the four firearms in Boden's possession were operational.[12]

2010[edit]

Karen Boden, Josh's mother, is placed in a safe house by Police in 2010 with another of Josh’s ex-girlfriends.[11]

2011[edit]

On December 12 or 13, 2011, Boden was convicted of two counts of sexual assault and one count of assaulting and one count of obstructing a police officer.[13] [14]

2012[edit]

January[edit]

Joshua Joseph Boden is charged under Criminal Code of Canada 264.1. Uttering threats according to B.C. Court file number 192462 January 14, 2012.[15]

April[edit]

On April 13, 2012, while on bail for previous charges, Joshua Joseph Boden (AKA Mike Boden) is charged with four counts of assault at Tinseltown Cinema in Vancouver according to B.C. Court file number 11232.[16][17]

May[edit]

Due to concern over Boden's potential for extreme violence police move an ex-girlfriend of Josh Boden, who was working as a prostitute, to a safe house, ahead of the former B.C. Lion’s possible release from jail.[18][19]

Boden, with lawyer Kevin Westell, applied for release from jail May 24, 2012 on all current convictions as well as pending charges regarding alleged assaults and uttering threats on April 13, the last time he was out on bail.[17] This was granted May 24, 2012 and as of August 2012 Josh Boden is still free on bail assigned to the "New Vision" halfway house in Surrey, BC.[20] A source to The Province, a woman using the alias "Janet Nelson" out of fear of Boden, alleges Josh Boden is a pimp and recruited her young daughter into prostitution.[8][21][22][23]

July[edit]

On July 26, 2012, Crown lawyer Michaela Donnelly asked for a one-year jail sentence for the former BC Lions football player convicted of sex crimes at Vancouver SkyTrain stations. Boden is set to appear in Vancouver Provincial Court on August 31, 2012 for decision.[24]

August[edit]

On August 31, 2012 Josh Boden was sentenced to one year of imprisonment for the 2009 sex-crimes he committed as well as obstruction and assaulting a police officer. He will serve six months, given credit for time already in custody, and be on probation for three years after his release.[25] [26] [27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Little, Lyndon (2008-05-15). "Lions make tough decision to cut Boden". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Ex-Lion Boden acquitted of assault". The Vancouver Province. 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Receiver won't receive second chance with Lions". The Vancouver Province. 2008-08-17. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  4. ^ Ullrich, Lowell (2008-09-25). "Tiger-Cats sign ex-Lion Boden for B.C. game". The Province. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  5. ^ Peters, Ken (2008-09-27). "Boden returns home to show Lions Buono he's a changed man". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved 2009-02-13. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b c Bolan, Kim (2009-09-10). "One-time B.C. Lion charged with sexual assault in Vancouver". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  7. ^ Bolan, Kim (2009-09-11). "Former B.C. Lion Josh Boden Facing Gun Charges and Sex Assault Count". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  8. ^ a b Fournier, Suzanne (2012-05-14). "Mother of ex-CFLer, convicted sex offender Josh Boden fears his release". The National Post. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  9. ^ Fournier, Suzanne (2012-05-14). "Mom says convicted sex offender, ex-CFL player Josh Boden dangerous to women". The Province. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  10. ^ "Woman found dead in Burnaby worked as escort". CTV News. 2009-03-17. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  11. ^ a b Fournier, Suzanne (2012-05-16). "Former Lions player Josh Boden will ask for bail despite sexual assault convictions". The Province. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  12. ^ Bolan, Kim (2009-10-03). "Gun Charges Dismissed Against Josh Boden". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  13. ^ Former B.C. Lion convicted of sexual assault[dead link]
  14. ^ Hall, Neal (2011-12-12). "Former B.C. Lions player convicted of two sex assaults". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  15. ^ BODEN, JOSHUA Joseph (BC Provincial Court, Vancouver BC 2012-01-14). Text
  16. ^ BODEN, JOSHUA Joseph and ROBERTS, NIGEL Edward (BC Provincial Court, Surrey BC 2012-01-14). Text
  17. ^ a b Fournier, Suzanne (2012-05-16). "Former Lions player Josh Boden will ask for bail despite sexual assault convictions". The Province. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  18. ^ "Family fears for daughter's safety". The Province. 2012-05-06. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  19. ^ Fournier, Suzanne (2012-05-06). "Mom fears for teen's safety - Ex-B.C. Lions player awaiting May 16 bail hearing allegedly threatened girl". The Province. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  20. ^ Austin, Ian (2012-05-24). "Boden granted bail but with a lengthy list of conditions". The Province. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  21. ^ "Glendene Grant talks about Silent Victims of Violent Crimes". Big Talk Radio. 2012-07-06. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  22. ^ Fournier, Suzanne (2012-05-06). "Ex-B.C. Lions player awaiting May 16 bail hearing allegedly threatened girl". The Province. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  23. ^ "A woman...says her daughter now fears she may be harmed should Boden be released from jail". The Province. 2012-05-06. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  24. ^ "Crown asks for one-year sentence for former BC Lion convicted of sex crimes". Global News. Vancouver: The Canadian Press. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  25. ^ LAZARUK, SUSAN (2012-08-31). "Former B.C. Lions Josh Boden given one-year sentence for sex crimes and resisting arrest". The Province. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  26. ^ "Jail time for Boden". The Vancouver Sun. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  27. ^ MacMahon, Martin (2012-08-31). "Former B.C. Lions player Josh Boden sentenced to one year in jail". CKNW. Retrieved 2012-08-31.