Former Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen charged with sexual assault

The Vancouver Police Department says Jake Virtanen, a former Vancouver Canucks forward, has been charged with one depend of sexual assault following an investigation.

the dep. says the B.C. Prosecution Provider authorized the price following an research into an incident that took place in Vancouver on Sept. 26, 2017.

Virtanen, 25, used to be enjoying for the Vancouver Canucks at the time. 

On May 1, 2021, the crew positioned Virtanen on leave following allegations of sexual misconduct. In July, it bought him out of his agreement.

Const. Tania Visintin says the investigation used to be launched that very same month after the complainant, who is now 23, came forward to the police.

“this is obviously an overly sensitive case,” she stated, including she won’t capable of unencumber main points related to the research.

The Canucks say they have got been in contact with the police all over their research and can continue to offer fortify.

“Our group is devoted to fostering a secure and welcoming setting and can not tolerate sexual misconduct of any sort,” the crew stated in a press release.

Virtanen grew up in B.C.’s Fraser Valley and used to be drafted via the Canucks in 2014. In October 2020, the staff signed him to a two-12 months extension value $5.1 million US.

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Virtanen is these days enjoying in Russia for Spartak Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League. 

Visintin says Virtanen isn’t in custody and the Crown counsel is in touch with Virtanen’s legal professional to discuss how Virtanen shall be brought to court docket in B.C.

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