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Jury finds former Vancouver Canuck Jake Virtanen not guilty of sexual assault

Content warning: The following story contains references to sexual assault.

After a week-long trial that featured both Jake Virtanen and his accuser taking the stand, a jury has found Virtanen not guilty of sexual assault.

Vancouver police launched an investigation in May 2021 after a now-23-year-old woman filed a complaint. The Canucks put Virtanen on leave on May 1st and later bought out his contract.

Virtanen was playing in the National Hockey League at the time of the alleged incident.

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Virtanen was charged with one count of sexual assault after an investigation into the incident that occurred on Sept. 26, 2017, and was found not guilty Tuesday morning.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault or is involved in an abusive situation, please visit the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime for help. It is also reachable toll-free at 1-877-232-2610.