Treon Harris sexual battery investigation incident report released by University of Florida police

By Adam Silverstein
October 22, 2014

The University of Florida on Wednesday released its full police report on the incident involving Florida Gators quarterback Treon Harris and an accusation of sexual battery by a female student.

The three-document report, which totals 166 pages, shows a comprehensive investigation that included an extensive interview process as well as the collection of evidence both in physical and digital form.


Mostly agreed upon by all interviewed parties were events that led up to the sexual encounter between Harris and the alleged victim.

According to the report, Harris returned to Gainesville, Florida, following the Tennessee game on Oct. 4 and had been in contact with the alleged victim via text message. She went to his room at the Springs Residential Complex to watch the Auburn-LSU football game, but they went their separate ways early in the evening with plans to meet up later at Rain Night Club.

Harris claims he had one alcoholic drink at an off-campus residence before going to the club but only had a non-alcoholic Red Bull drink while at the venue. The alleged victim’s sobriety was not determined, though there was no consensus from witnesses interviewed that she was incapacitated.

After leaving the club separately on the morning of Oct. 5, Harris, the alleged victim, a number of Gators football players and at least one other female drove to Waffle House. Two of the parties that traveled to Waffle House had sex in the back seat of a vehicle driven by a female on the way to the restaurant, though Harris was neither in the car nor one of the two participants. Harris drove to Waffle House with junior cornerback Brian Poole. Once arriving, the group noticed the restaurant was closed due to renovations.

While driving away from the restaurant, redshirt sophomore safety Marcus Maye had his head out the window and his hat blew off. The cars stopped at a Kangaroo gas station so Maye could retrieve his hat, and a number of people went into the convenience store, including Harris and the alleged victim. Multiple witnesses agreed that they were somewhat affectionate during that stop and a later stop, holding hands or walking with arms around each other.

After the Kangaroo stop, Harris was driven back to Springs by the alleged victim’s friend, who dropped the two off outside before leaving to get food herself. This is where the story begins to head in different directions.

The alleged victim claims Harris touched her leg during the car ride – both were in the back seat – and she responded, “You ain’t getting none tonight.” Harris claims he did not try to make a move in the car.

After arriving at Springs, the two went to Harris’s room.

According to the alleged victim, as described in the police report:

Upon arriving at the Springs Complex, both [redacted] and Treon Harris went to Room #406, where Treon Harris resides. [Redacted] told Treon Harris she was tired, and asked permission to sleep in his room. Treon Harris agreed, and both individuals got into the only bed in the room. Shortly after, Treon Harris rolled on top of [redacted] and held her down with his body weight. [Redacted] told Treon Harris to get off of her, that they are just friends, and that she did not want to have sexual intercourse with Treon Harris several times over a span of approximately five to seven minutes.

The alleged victim claims the two had sex, with Harris utilizing a condom, but said it was against her will and without her consent.

According to Harris, as described in the police report:

Harris said once he and [redacted] returned to the Springs Complex, [redacted] told Harris that she wanted to go to his room with him. Harris said they went to his room on the fourth floor, and they started talking and then kissing. Harris said “We were talking, and she did, she start kissing, we kissing each other, and like it just happened.” When I asked Harris what he meant when he said “it just happened,” he said “We had sex.” …

Harris said, “Like I said, we were in there talking, she start kissing like kissing me, kissing each other. You know we know each other good, so I ain’t know, and like, like I said start touching on me, and then just (inaudible) happened.” Again, when I asked Harris what he meant when he said it happened, he replied by saying “We had sex.” Harris said [redacted] started kissing him and rubbing on him. Harris said [redacted] never told him she didn’t want to do anything with him.

Harris was adamant in an interview with the attending detective on Oct. 6 that there was neither resistance nor a change of heart during his sexual intercourse with the alleged victim. In fact, Harris explains the incident in such a way that she at times pursued him and was heavily involved in the act occurring.

After the intercourse, Harris and the alleged victim’s stories begin to merge again. Both note that Harris walked her back to her own dorm room – also in Springs but in a different tower – because he was planning on sleeping all day on Sunday and did not want her staying over. He called her a bit later after walking her to her room to make sure she was “alright.”

Later that day on Oct. 5, Harris received a text message from the alleged victim’s roommate, asking him if he was involved with the alleged victim. He denied it because he was “trying to keep her out of my business … I don’t let nobody in my business.”

He then texted the alleged victim, “Don’t tell nobody bout nothing,” to say he did not want her to share their private encounter.

She responded, to his surprise, “And don’t try me every again” and “I wouldn’t even come near me if I were yu.”

Afterwards, Harris called the alleged victim to ensure she understood that he wanted to keep their interaction private, and he claims she responded, “This gonna be between me and you,” agreeing with him that she would not tell anyone.

When approached by an officer on Monday, Oct. 6, more than a full day after the intercourse, Harris immediately consented to a search and interview. His interview with the officer lasted for 63 pages of transcription but ended when freshman CB Quincy Wilson text messaged him and advised him to stop talking and consult a lawyer.

In addition to interviewing roommates and suitemates of both Harris and the alleged victim in the following days, officers spoke with a number of other witnesses to their interactions on Oct. 4-5, including at least eight Florida football players.

A female friend of the alleged victim, who drove her and Harris to Springs, claims to have heard her friend say, “No, no, I see you as a brother. I see you just a brother. I don’t see you like that,” from the backseat of her vehicle when the alleged victim claims Harris touched her leg. The female friend also notes that the two were holding hands walking into the dorm and that the alleged victim the next day said “I could have sworn I said no … I think I said no.” The female friend questioned the alleged victim’s sobriety at that point.

Poole, who drove Harris to the Kangaroo gas station, recalls the alleged victim having “grabbed” Harris, insisting that Harris was “supposed to be coming back with me” as he was about to enter another vehicle. Harris jumped into the alleged victim’s friend’s car instead.

Following the sexual intercourse between Harris and the alleged victim, junior wide receiver Latroy Pittman told police that he and a female friend picked up Harris, who went with them to an off-campus apartment complex. He watched television, went to McDonald’s and stayed the night. That information was corroborated by Pittman’s female friend, the primary resident in the apartment.

Finally, the alleged victim’s female roommate recalls a phone conversation the alleged victim had at approximately 3 a.m. on Oct. 5, presumably after Harris walked her back to her dorm room. During the conversation, she overheard the alleged victim brag, “I caught two bodies tonight,” insinuating that she had intercourse with more than one man that evening.

The lengthy police report includes a heavily-redacted passage that suggests she did indeed have a sexual encounter with another man shortly before engaging in one with Harris that evening.

Furthermore, the female roommate agreed with Harris’s description of his text message to the alleged victim, noting that he was asking the alleged victim to keep their encounter quiet because Harris had a romantic interest in another female and did not want that female to find out.

The alleged victim then said, according to the female roommate, that the “text message was everything,” to which the roommate asked, “How good can you like talk, like how good can you make up something, like about like how good can you act?” The alleged victim apparently replied, “Oh, I can lie the shit out of something. Y’all don’t even know the whole truth.”

On Thursday, Oct. 9, three days after accusing Harris of sexual battery, the alleged victim filled out a complaint withdrawal affidavit, certifying that she was “satisfied with the investigation conducted by the University Police Department” and no longer “wish[ed] to prosecute” Harris. A new complaint/affidavit may be filed at a later date, if she so chooses.

Harris denied over and over again doing anything improper during his extensive interview with the officer on Oct. 6, claiming he would have stopped had he been asked to at any point during their interaction. His conversation with the officer makes him appear to be in a state of shock that he was actually being accused of sexual battery. On multiple occasions, he asked the officer for the opportunity to speak with the alleged victim in hopes of understanding why she would make such an accusation; those requests were obviously denied with the officer suggesting he not contact her at all as it would impede the investigation.

Harris, on more than one occasion, brings up concerns that the national media will jump on the story, asking the officer, “So is this going to be on ESPN and stuff?” He also mentions Florida State QB Jameis Winston and his sexual assault case. “You think I’m going to do the same as that?” he questions rhetorically. Harris and the officer went back-and-forth for an hour in an audio-recorded interview session that was transcribed over 63 pages.

Harris was indefinitely suspended from the Florida football program on Monday, when the accusation was levied, and reinstated to the team on Friday after the withdrawal affidavit was filed. He did not play in that week’s home game against LSU.

OnlyGators.com has made an editorial decision not to publish the full police report for this incident. Parts are heavily redacted and difficult to piece together, leaving room for error if one does not read the reports and break them down in their entirety.

28 Comments

  1. Steven says:

    Hmmmmmm

    We’ll never know what actually happened, but the investigation was thorough and immeadiate and most of the circumstantial evidence was in his favor.

  2. DJ Chemist says:

    No comment

  3. Timmy T says:

    University is spelled wrong in the title, Adam.

  4. Mike The Red says:

    Adam, Thank you for this comprehensive and responsible reporting. It is the best piece of journalism that I have read.

  5. Fatback says:

    Well written Adam, much better than the Sun’s piece.

  6. Michael Jones says:

    This is pure conjecture. . but it sounds like maybe Harris unwittingly gave the wrong response to the alleged “victim’s” friend’s text. If his account is accurate, he may have been intending to protect her privacy, whereas the alleged “victim” may have been using her friend to solicit a public pronouncement that she and Harris were an item. Some kind of validation or fame by dating UF’s latest football star.. When he denied any involvement to the friend and then sent the alleged “victim” a text that could be interpreted as him trying to deny their intimacy. . . well, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

    And please don’t take the time to tell me that I don’t know what happened because I already know that I don’t know what happened. I began with the disclaimer that this is “pure conjecture.”

    And yes, I know that this is very serious. So if I have offended anyone by playing detective, my apologies.

  7. West Coast says:

    So, when will the school conduct the Title IX Investigation???

  8. SaraGator says:

    Just read the whole report – a few thoughts came to mind:

    Treon is either a follower, extremely naive or he is what he stated in the report – he keeps to himself.
    Glad to see that he was worried about how he was getting to class on Monday without his shoes.
    Extremely glad that alcohol hurts his stomach.
    Worried that he did have a drink and didn’t know what he drank.
    Detective was questioning the victim’s accusations.
    Treon has manners i.e. lots of sirs, he walked the accuser to her dorm after they had sex and even texted her to make sure she was in her room.
    No comment on the English language.

    • SaraGator says:

      Also, after Treon’s responses to the detective – I can see why the coaches thought he wasn’t ready for the starting qb role. He seems extremely naive and worse, possibly a follower. Also, the detective had to warn Treon several times that he cannot have any contact with the accuser.

      • gatorboi352 says:

        “Extremely glad that alcohol hurts his stomach.”

        Why?

        “Also, after Treon’s responses to the detective – I can see why the coaches thought he wasn’t ready for the starting qb role. He seems extremely naive and worse, possibly a follower.”

        Yeah, we got you the first time.

        Overall very odd set of posts, all around.

        • Michael Jones says:

          She probably has this crazy idea that anything that would discourage an underage freshman from drinking alcohol is a good thing. You know how backwards some of us can be compared to a progressive thinker like yourself.

      • Marc says:

        I don’t quite understand your point. What does any of this have to do with his QBing skills? How do you make that leap?

        • SaraGator says:

          He might have great QB skills but can he lead the team? I worry that despite the fact that alcohol bothers him, he still had a drink and didn’t have a clue what he drank. That is if he was telling the truth.

      • Dave Massey says:

        He does have some maturing to do, just like most 18 year old males.

    • Michael Jones says:

      I know, Saragator. It’s the elephant in the living room and the PC’ers have gotten us too brow beaten to dare say a word about. I wince almost every time that I hear or read a “student”/athlete speak.

      We’re letting them down educationally. We owe them better than that. Very few will go on to professional sports. We need to equip them better to succeed after football/basketball/fill-in-the-blank.

      • Dave Massey says:

        This is supposed to be an institution of higher learning. Remedial education should have taken place a long time ago. At this point in people’s academic career they need to take things upon themselves to accomplish their goals.

        • Michael Jones says:

          We don’t disagree, Dave. My concern is with the overall educational system, starting from the 1st grade up.

          I just think that we’re letting kids down by keeping the bar so low. Some may think that we’re doing them a favor, but it’s just the opposite.

  9. Mike The Red says:

    To state the obvious, the evidence points to his innocence and raises the question whether two girls conspired to trash his reputation.

    Having said that, I am disturbed by two things.

    (1) My father wasn’t a religious man. Quite the opposite. However, he gave me a stern candid talk about the dangers of loose women when I was young teenager. Sorry if that is not considered PC these days. It may sound antiquated, but these boys clearly need to be given that talk. Time for Muschamp to tell them to keep it in their pants. Focus on school and football. Woman are trouble and a distraction.

    (2) I continually am disturbed by college student’s poor English skills. What are they teaching kids these days?

  10. Mike the Red says:

    Oops…typos. That is embarrassing.

  11. GI-GATOR says:

    I couldn’t help but shake my head when I read some of these comments. How many of you have been interrogated, at the age of 18, regarding a serious felony? I have interrogated very educated, grown men/women and I can assure you, one’s ability to articulate disappears. An 18 year old young man doesn’t do very well under those circumstances.

    As for his ability to lead – he proved in high school that he has exceptional leadership abilities. He is well respected by his teammates, as a true freshman. It’s laughable to see someone try to analyze someone’s leadership abilities under these circumstances.

    I have wondered, since I read these documents, why none of the parties were asked to take a polygraph. I am quite certain the alleged victim would not have consented to such. Polygraphs are not admissible evidence; however, they can give a pretty good indication of who’s telling the truth, especially when there’s a group of individuals. If all of the witnesses on one side pass, while all of the others fail, it’s a pretty good indicator that one group is being deceptive. The possibility of polygraphs can make witnesses less likely to make a false statement and can, often times, make a false accuser drop frivolous allegations. I’m really curious why the polygrapgh option wasn’t deployed by the Invetigators.

    Those of you wanting Harris punished need to read our Constitution and learn what “innocent, until proven guilty” means.

    • Michael Jones says:

      Where did you read a comment that said someone wanted Harris punished?

      • GI-GATOR says:

        @Michael Jones -There have been several calling for Hartis to be kicked off the team and/or sanctioned by the university.

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