The female student who accused Florida Gators freshman quarterback Treon Harris of sexual battery on Monday has withdrawn her complaint four days later, and the player has subsequently had his school suspension lifted.
“The University of Florida has informed the University Athletic Association that the sexual battery complaint has been withdrawn, and the university is not proceeding with any action,” UF spokesperson Janine Sikes said in a statement released to OnlyGators.com late Friday afternoon.
The University of Florida provided the following statement to OnlyGators.com earlier in the afternoon, announcing the Harris’s accuser had rescinded her sexual battery claim:
The student who accused Treon Harris of sexual battery has withdrawn her criminal complaint. This means she is not pursuing criminal charges against him at this time but maintains the right to do so in the future.
The police report will be released when it is available.
The UAA will have more information on his football status later in the day.
The university always will take swift and decisive action when we have concerns about the safety of our students.
The University Athletic Association has yet to announce a decision on Harris’s playing status with the Gators, but a decision will likely come before the day is out.
An investigation against Harris for an alleged felony sexual battery charge began early Monday morning when a call was made from Springs Residential Complex on campus at 12:49 a.m.
About 12 hours later, Florida confirmed that Harris had been accused of the crime, noting that the UFPD and Gainesville Police Department were investigating and in the process of collecting forensic evidence. Harris was immediately and indefinitely suspended from all team activities. He was later given an interim suspension from the school for a potential code of conduct violation.
Harris was neither arrested nor charged with a crime, but he immediately began cooperating with the investigation after retaining attorney Huntley Johnson. The UFPD and GDP spent hours collecting material from Harris’s dorm room, and Harris also turned over his cellular telephone to police.
The UFPD released a completely-redacted incident report on Wednesday.
Thursday, Johnson sent an aggressive and thorough press release to the media, claiming his client was “not guilty of a crime” and “did not mistreat this young lady in any way.” Furthermore, Johnson referred to the alleged victim as the “sexual aggressor” in not one but two separate sexual interactions that occurred Sunday morning.
Harris’s brother, Tim “Ice” Harris Jr., the head football coach at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Florida, tweeted the following after Johnson released his statement.
— Tim Harris JR. (@IceHarris) October 10, 2014
Treon Harris posted the following on Instagram shortly thereafter.
— Landon Watnick (@LandonWatnick) October 10, 2014
OnlyGators.com will be updating this story.