Toby Rooney's contract with Tappara voided over rape – sex offences

Playing in the men's hockey league, Tappara and Toby RhoneTampere Club says I have terminated Ronnie's valid player contract on their website.

On Tuesday, the Helsinki District Court gave Roni, 19, a one-year suspended prison sentence for raping him as a teenager. The crime took place at a school graduation ceremony in Helsinki in 2021, when Ronny was still a minor.

The district court found the interested party's account of events to be credible, while Roney's account conflicted with other evidence. Thus, there is no doubt about the offense which can be taken into account under the law.

The law took into account the publicity received in this case as a reasonable factor, the effect of which was more than a month and a half in the sentence. Ronny is also obliged to pay the victim 2,500 euros in compensation and his court costs.

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– Almost three years have passed since the incident, and this time has been very difficult for everyone involved. The publicity surrounding this case has not only touched me, but my family and loved ones as well.

– Involuntarily, this matter is related to the Tapara community, the Calgary Flames who signed me up, and others. Rony Tappara said on the website that he would like to apologize to all parties involved.

At the same time, Tabara announced that neither the club nor Rooney would comment further on the matter.

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From the 2021–2022 season, Ronny represented Tabara in the league's domestic premier league. In October, Tabara spoke about rape allegations against Ronnie and suspended the player from the club's activities for a couple of weeks. Ronnie returned to the pitch in November.

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Ronny, who plays as a forward, has played for Finland's youth and boys national teams and won a bronze medal at the 2022 Under-18 World Cup. In the 2022–2023 season, he played for the Finland under-20 men's national team. Team in World Cup matches.

Ronnie has been sidelined from national team activities during his criminal activities.

This season, in addition to the Tappara League team, Ronnie played for Tampere Club's under-20 team, of which he was a member.

Ronnie is a second-round pick of NHL club Calgary Flames starting in the summer of 2022.

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