Gators Quarterback Harris Accused of Sexual Battery


Updated: 1:30 p.m.

Treon Harris, University of Florida freshman quarterback.
Treon Harris, University of Florida freshman quarterback.

Florida Quarterback Treon Harris has been accused of a sexual battery, and has been suspended from University Athletic Association activities pending the outcome of the University of Florida Police Department investigation into the allegations.

According to the release, Harris is accused by a UF student of sexual battery that took place on Sunday morning in a residence hall on the campus.

Local criminal defense attorney Huntley Johnson said, “I can tell you that my office will be representing him and that we are cooperating with the investigation.”

Gainesville Police Department is working with UFPD to collect forensic evidence related to the investigation. However, GPD will not have an active role in the case as it falls within UFPD jurisdiction.

Treon Harris

According to UFPD’s crime logs, police were called at 12.49 a.m. Monday morning to investigate a sexual battery allegation at the Springs Residential Complex that logs show took place between 2:30 and 3:25 a.m. Sunday. The Springs Residential Complex is campus housing for athletes and other students.

UF President Bernie Machen said. “We have no tolerance for sexual assault on our campus.”

UFPD spokesman Maj. Brad Barber confirmed that UFPD is investigating, but that “the report involving this incident is not available at this time.”

Johnson said no charges have been filed at this time.

From a University of Florida release:

University of Florida student athlete Treon Harris is accused of sexually assaulting a female student early Sunday morning in a residence hall on the UF campus.

The University of Florida Police Department is investigating the incident, and UFPD has brought in the Gainesville Police Department to assist with collection and analysis of forensic evidence.

The investigation is ongoing and the university does not have an update regarding any charges at this time.

The University of Florida and the University Athletic Association are cooperating fully.

Due to legal and privacy requirements, there are limitations as to what the university can say publicly about a pending matter such as this. In these types of serious situations, Student Affairs initiates the Student Conduct Code process. Often, a student may be suspended on an interim basis, which means he or she is banned from campus and all campus activities, pending the outcome of the conduct process.

UAA has suspended Treon Harris from all team activities.

“We have no tolerance for sexual assault on our campus,” UF President Bernie Machen said. “The university is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for every member of the UF community. We must strive to protect all of our students from sexual harassment and assault, and do everything in our power to promote a safe learning environment.”

UF continues to provide a wide variety of support services and resources. The university continually enhance its campus efforts to address issues of sexual assault and harassment.

As this process unfolds and is resolved, UF is committed to addressing this serious matter with integrity, fairness and compassion.

Editor’s note: an earlier version of this story listed the incident as a sexual assault, attributed to the UF release, but UFPD has listed the suspected incident as a battery. UF Spokesman Janine Sikes said the University is using “battery” and “assault” interchangeably.

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