Former UAH hockey player charged with rape flees to Finland - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Former UAH hockey player charged with rape flees to Finland

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Madison police seek tips on burglary suspect

    Madison police seek tips on burglary suspect

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:59:53 GMT
    Police are asking for tips on the location of 38-year-old Julius Kareem Townsend, who is approximately 5'6, 175 pounds with short hair.More >>
    Police are asking for tips on the location of 38-year-old Julius Kareem Townsend, who is approximately 5'6, 175 pounds with short hair.More >>
  • Animal Services director on administrative leave

    Animal Services director on administrative leave

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:57:50 GMT
    To either keep or fire Carol Wicks as Director of Animal Services will be a decision made by the city council. If it comes to that, it would be put on a Decatur City Council meeting agenda for further review.So far, it is not on the agenda for their next meeting on Sep 2. If the issue comes before the city council, that's when we hope to find out why Mayor Kyle decided to put Wicks on paid administrative leave.He will not comment on it, saying he cannot talk about a pending personnel issue. W...More >>
    To either keep or fire Carol Wicks as Director of Animal Services will be a decision made by the city council. If it comes to that, it would be put on a Decatur City Council meeting agenda for further review.So far, it is not on the agenda for their next meeting on Sep 2. If the issue comes before the city council, that's when we hope to find out why Mayor Kyle decided to put Wicks on paid administrative leave.He will not comment on it, saying he cannot talk about a pending personnel issue. W...More >>
  • 119 traffic citations issued in Huntsville DUI checkpoint

    119 traffic citations issued in Huntsville DUI checkpoint

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:48:32 GMT
    Officers set up in the southbound lanes of the parkway at the Martin Road overpass for a DUI checkpoint. (Source: WAFF)Officers set up in the southbound lanes of the parkway at the Martin Road overpass for a DUI checkpoint. (Source: WAFF)
    A few people are in jail after another overnight DUI checkpoint in Huntsville.More >>
    A few people are in jail after another overnight DUI checkpoint in Huntsville.More >>
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A UAH hockey player arrested on rape charges fled the United States to his native Finland with no intention of returning according to the assistant district attorney handling the case.

Lasse Uusivirta was arrested on April 1 for allegedly sexually assaulting an 18-year-old female student in his dorm on John Wright Drive on the UAH campus.

The student reported the incident on January 13.

 

Uusivirta was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 1st.

Attorneys for Uusivirta released a statement saying, "Lasse has not fled this jurisdiction to avoid prosecution. Lasse has not been convicted of any criminal offenses, and there are no travel restrictions placed on him."

 

Uusivirta will face rape charges if he returns to the United States.

According to school officials, Uusivirta is no longer a student at UAH.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved. 

  • Inside WAFFMore>>

  • Related Stories

    Related Stories

    Wednesday, May 1 2013 12:29 PM EDT2013-05-01 16:29:58 GMT
    UAH hockey player charged with rape Hockey player charged with rape waives preliminary hearing Court date set for UAH hockey player charged with rapeMore >>
    UAH hockey player charged with rape Hockey player charged with rape waives preliminary hearing Court date set for UAH hockey player charged with rapeMore >>
Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-533-4848

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations


FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.