The University of Florida on Wednesday released a heavily redacted initial incident report on the sexual battery investigation involving freshman quarterback Treon Harris, who is also serving an “interim suspension” from the school, according to ESPN.com.
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The only information not hidden was the offense description (“sexual battery”); names of the reporting officer (Jessica Zarate), investigator (Justin Faroni) and case screening supervisor (Henry Spurlin); location of the incident (Springs Residential Complex); and the range of time between when the incident was reported, an officer arrived on the scene (seven minutes) and the initial statements were completed (four hours, 11 minutes).
The University Police Department, with an assist from the Gainesville Police Department, plans to interview Harris and complete a full analysis of forensic evidence before releasing the complete report, which will likely only have the victim’s name and other sensitive details redacted.
Harris is not only facing potential legal charges, he is simultaneously serving an “interim suspension” from the school and an indefinite suspension from the football program.
Huntley Johnson, the attorney representing Harris in this matter, told ESPN.com that the player remains in his online classes but is not allowed to visit campus while on his interim suspension. Johnson also reiterated that he does not expect Harris to be charged.
“We’ll be working to try and get the case resolved as quickly as possible,” he said.
Florida explains its student conduct process as follows:
1. Information is received indicating a possible violation of the Conduct Code
2. Determine if interim action is necessary in order to protect the health, safety or well-being of the campus community
3. Meet with the complainant to gather information and inform the complainant of his or her options and rights
4. Investigate the allegation including meeting with the accused
5. If enough information exists to suspect a Code violation may have occurred, charge the student with appropriate Code violations
6. Informational meeting with the accused regarding rights, process, and options
7. Both parties have the opportunity to view all information and select preferred hearing option by committee (combo of students faculty and staff) or administrative hearing (one administrator)
8. Administrative hearing or committee hearing
Harris may not be granted a student conduct hearing for up to 60 days, meaning even if he were to be cleared of all allegations within a week and reinstated by the team, he may not get a hearing on his interim suspension from the school until after the conclusion of the 2014 regular season.