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When former Florida Gators quarterback Chris Leak resigned as head football coach at Edgewater High School earlier this month, the assumed reason was the team’s 0-5 start and overall poor play on the field.
It was later learned that Leak, 31, was under investigation for an alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old student, though he had yet to be charged by the state.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the alleged victim has decided not to pursue charges against Leak, who maintained his innocence once hiring attorney Tim Jansen, who also represented Jameis Winston in his sexual assault case.
“From the get-go, he adamantly denied the allegation,” Jansen told the Orlando Sentinel, which has covered this entire story. Jansen also told the paper that Leak is “relieved but not surprised” that this has come to a conclusion.
The biggest problem with all of this, Jansen says, is that an innocent man who’s never been alleged to have done anything wrong in his past, now has his name tarnished because of this. “He’s never been in trouble before, never been a hint of any allegations,” Jansen said in a statement. “He’s relived it’s over. He’s disappointed that the allegations, which he believes were false came forward, but like everybody, we all move forward in our lives.”
The reported assault allegedly occurred on Sept. 5. According to the Sentinel, which cited the police report, the alleged incident began when Leak asked the girl for a massage and exited a shower wearing just a towel. The massage began with the back of his legs and moved to the front, at which point Leak allegedly pulled the girl’s hands up onto his genitals. The incident came to a conclusion after Leak allegedly called the girl, bought her food and took her home. When he found out she told a friend about the incident, Leak allegedly paid that friend $100.
A national title-winning quarterback with the Gators in 2006, Leak never caught on in the NFL but held stints in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League. He has worked in sports radio and most recently served as a graduate assistant-turned-wide receivers coach at Florida in 2014 but was not retained when the coaching staff turned over.
Leak lives in Orlando and is married with two young daughters.