Florida QB Treon Harris on school suspension, attorney says; incident report redacted

By Adam Silverstein
October 8, 2014

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.

How redacted?

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
9. Decision
10. Appeal

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.

14 Comments

  1. Dave Massey says:

    Just a guess here, but this student conduct code is not the same as at half ass u.

    • one says:

      Is the goal to win the war of public perception vs FSU or to do the right thing? I don’t understand why he shouldn’t be able to attend classes if he isn’t even charged.

      I agreed with the football suspension but with all the heavy handed statements by administration, and the increasing punishment without a charge or timeline of investigation, the more I think the university is responding differently due to the recent climate of athletes and crime against women and to avoid FSU-like criticism.

      • Dave Massey says:

        half ass u has done everything they could to destroy their reputation in the way they have handled everything to do with Winston not to mention many other incidents going back a long time. They are only concerned with winning football games not what is right.

        Florida is obviously the complete opposite. Florida determined that interim action was necessary and that is why Harris is not allowed on campus. If he was allowed on campus there is the potential of the victim not only being identified but intimidated. She deserves every protection at this point until a determination is made. That is the smart thing to do. The student code at Florida has been in place for a long time and has nothing to do with the recent climate of athletes and crime against women much less the way the clowns in Tallahassee handle things. The exact same thing would happen whether this guy was an athlete or just another student on campus. Students who don’t like the strict code at Florida shouldn’t attend there.

        • Michael J. says:

          I don’t know why you seem to think UF is doing something better than FSU. Each case has it’s own merits. The detective who investigated the Winston complaint did not feel it was credible enough to move forward. To say that things are swept under the rug at FSU ignores the fact that another player, Greg Dent, was charged with sexual battery. In fact his trial just ended a couple of weeks ago and he was found guilty of misdemeanor assault. As far as Harris case, we have no idea what happened. But for UF to take the steps they have taken, at the very least, I would assume that there is evidence that an assault occurred. UF’s administration has information that you and I are not privy to. I’m sure they have the results of the physical examination of the woman that are positive in determining that an assault occurred. I seriously doubt that Harris would be suspended solely on the word of another student without any corroborating evidence to back her claim. If there is such evidence, and the woman says that Harris is the person who did it, any school, including FSU would immediately suspend the accused because they might be a danger to the campus community. You can crow all you want, but since there wasn’t any evidence that Winston assaulted anyone, to criticize FSU for not suspending him is specious.

          • Dave Massey says:

            Hey noble troll,
            I told you a long time ago that I won’t read or respond to your comments. Lately I have noticed you several times responding to me. Whenever I see your name on a comment whether it is to me, someone else, or just in general I just immediately delete it, so don’t bother anymore. And no, I didn’t read this one either, I never will.

        • gatorboi352 says:

          Not only do you look pretty sad comparing UF’s situation to FSU’s, but for your information the girl has already been identified AND intimidated thanks to the modern world of social media.

          Being as close as I am to various college aged individuals in the city of Gainesville (and numerous UF employed individuals as well), I now know more about this case than probably even some of the authorities investigating it. From everything I’ve been made privy to, this thing is a circus right now.

          • Dave Massey says:

            Hey boi,

            It just seems to me that half ass u doesn’t follow the same student code as at Florida. I think all public universities in the state should be the same. Winston wasn’t suspended when the allegation was made against him even temporarily. It didn’t even become public knowledge for almost a year because the athletic department and police department wanted to keep it quiet. This is not the only situation where this has happened. I don’t care if you think it is sad for me to point that out.

            The point is that Harris needs to be kept off campus until the code of conduct rules have been followed so that he cannot participate in the intimidation. You are the sad one for not being able to recognize that. The way people are acting over this situation and the way the Winston situation was handled is going to make victims even more hesitant to come forward. Only one in ten comes forward as it is. And don’t ever forget that just because a person is not charged or convicted doesn’t mean they haven’t done anything wrong, it only means there is not enough evidence to convict them in court beyond a reasonable doubt.

            I seriously doubt you know more than the investigators, in fact, that is laughable. And don’t believe everything you read and hear on social media. I guarantee you I know more about these issues than you because of the career I work in. You seem to be over full of your self importance. Why don’t you just follow the same thing I told you about the nole troll that I left him and told you before.

      • Timmy T says:

        I’m guessing the student council would expedite the proceedings if Treon were exonerated by the police.

  2. BillyBob says:

    I hate to say this but it amazes me how so many whites root for the young black athletes to go to jail without even knowing if they are guilty or not in these type of situations. At the end of the day Treon is an 18 year old kid and Jameis was a 19 year old kid, yet I hear grown whites talk down on these kids like they are dirt. I’m an white man and when I was in college most student-athletes(especially football and basketball players) had beautiful girls chasing them all the time. Its has always been like that at universities. These athletes usually have the top choice of any girl they want on campus. Being a non-athlete I hated it and often times felt very jealous. Personally it will be very hard to convince me that a star player would have to rape a girl with the number of girls they have chasing them. Yes there are a lot of cases where kids do dumb stuff but in most cases these athletes do not have to rape girls. A lot of these college girls are simply looking for a pay day. They foolishly think the athletes are going pro and will be millionaires and are looking to get a piece of the pie so to speak. I’m not saying Treon is innocent but what I am saying is lets no be so critical of judging someone’s child, who is human like us, before not even knowing the truth.

    • 305Gator says:

      Why do you feel the need to bring race into this discussion?
      You are way off in so many fronts. First of all how can you tell who is white, black or blue from a post on an internet blog?
      Second, who the heck is rooting for Treon to go to jail? Most of the posters here are disappointed that he got into this mess and would wish for it to be one big misunderstanding so the kid can play again. In that sense most of us are rooting for him not to go to jail. At the same time most of us have expressed 100% approval of how the University is handling the situation and agree 100% with his suspension until the facts and truth come out.
      Then you go and imply that the potential victim is at fault. You are way wrong there too and seem to be playing both sides of the equation. Finally you seem like some type of ignorant caveman with this type of post.

    • gatorboi352 says:

      What does race have to do with this? Odd comment.

  3. G2 says:

    Tell me BillyBob isn’t a Gator (Nole etc) and just trying to stir the pot here!

  4. SpreadOffense says:

    -BillyBob

    As a former college student, I agree with you about football and basketball players at universities having lots of on-campus females chasing them. But I don’t necessarily agree with you about the race issues because the majority of major college football and basketball players are black, which obviously gives the black players a greater chance of being in the news for a Treon-like situation because “statistically” its more of them. I hope Treon is innocent and that the Gator Nation can bounce back from in my opinion, an overrated setback. Hopefully this can serve as a turning point for Driskel and maybe give Grier another chance to show the world why he was the #1 rated quarterback prospect in the country. Go Gators

  5. ryan v says:

    i’d rather lose with morninwheg/driskel and have us drop Harris than be associated with potential felons. If he’s found innocent and the evidence is overwhelming, sure let him stay.

    Also muschamp should probably field some heat for letting Brisset walk out of the program. Ultimately that’s on the HC to make the QB decision. Who knows where we’d be with Brisset right now. I don’t want muschamp hanging around any longer making more bad QB decisions.

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