Jury finds ex-Canuck Jake Virtanen not guilty of sexual assault

Jury finds ex-Canuck Jake Virtanen not guilty of sexual assault

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">Jake Virtanen as he enters the Vancouver courthouse, July 18, 2022

A 12-person jury declared Jake Virtanen, former Canucks forward, not guilty of sexual assault. The hockey player burst into tears as the verdict was read in the Supreme Court of British Columbia on Tuesday.

He was charged in January with sexual assault in connection with an incident that occurred in a downtown Vancouver hotel room in September 2017.

The 25-year-old former hockey player told the court the last week that the woman enthusiastically participated in the meeting.

The 23-year-old woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, said in her testimony that she had repeatedly said no and did not want to have sex with him.

Jake Virtanen was playing winger right for the Canucks when the allegations surfaced in May 2021. The team furloughed him and bought out his contract the following month.

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