Jake Virtanen sex assault trial gets underway in Vancouver

Jul 18 2022, 11:41 pm

The sexual assault trial for former Vancouver Canuck Jake Virtanen began Monday at BC Supreme Court.

Virtanen, 25, was charged in connection with allegations stemming from a 2017 incident, according to the Vancouver Police Department earlier this year.

Police previously said the investigation was launched in May 2021 after the then-23-year-old alleged victim, who is protected under a publication ban, came forward.

Virtanen, who spent parts of six seasons with the Canucks, last played for the team on April 29, 2021.

The Abbotsford native has previously denied the allegations. In a statement, he said he had “consensual physical relations with a woman. There were no drugs or alcohol involved.”

The statement provided by his agent adds that “absolutely nothing improper occurred and denies in the strongest possible terms any suggestion that this was non-consensual.”

The trial is being held in downtown Vancouver and is expected to last seven days, according to the BC Prosecution Service.

With files from Adam Laskaris

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