The woman who has accused Florida freshman quarterback Treon Harris of sexual battery has withdrawn her charge.
Harris has been allowed to return to all University and University Athletic Association activities, according to statements from the University of Florida and the Florida football head coach Will Muschamp.
Harris was suspended from activities since Monday, according to his lawyer Huntley Johnson, after a female student reported to authorities that she was victim to a sexual battery. No formal charges were brought from the investigation by the University of Florida Police Department, with consultation from the Gainesville Police Department. UF spokesperson Janine Sikes could not release any information on the investigation, other than an 18-page heavily redacted document, citing student privacy laws.
Johnson, who is known to represent Florida athletes, released a statement on Thursday that called the young woman the “sexual aggressor” in the case, and cited the need to release that information because the University’s release — and the lack of information it contained — was leading to “some pretty wild speculation.”
Fewer than 24 hours after Johnson’s document reached the media, Sikes released a statement that the young woman withdrew her complaint, and the University was not “proceeding with any action” in the case.
Original Post and Updates:
Update: 4:52 p.m.:From the University of Florida Head Coach Will Muschamp:
“We have been notified that the University and legal process is complete.
Treon has been reinstated to the team, but he will not play Saturday.
This has been a learning experience for everyone involved. Treon has been
honest with me throughout the process and is looking forward to rejoining
Update: 4:46 p.m.:The University has released the following statement on Harris’ status:
“The University of Florida has informed the University Athletic Association that the sexual battery complaint has been withdrawn, and the university is not proceeding with any action.”
Update: 4:23 p.m.: WUFT News has confirmed earlier reports with Harris’ attorney Huntley Johnson that Harris has been “permitted to resume activities at the University of Florida.”
Update: 4:06 p.m.: Treon Harris has updated his Instagram account with the following statement: “I wanna thank everybody who supported me through this whole situation with the prayers and the love #TheComeBack #GodIsGreat,” as reported by Alligator Army. There has been no official word from the University or the University Athletic Association of Harris’ academic or athletic status.
Update: 2:41 p.m.: UF spokesperson Janine Sikes cannot comment on Harris’ academic status at the University “because of student privacy laws.” Harris’ attorney said that Harris was suspended from in-person classes and from the University pending the outcome of the investigation.
Update 2:36 p.m.: Janine Sikes has released a statement from the University:
“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.”
Sikes wrote that the full police report will be released later this afternoon and Harris’ status on the football team will be released later today.
Original report, 2:30 p.m.: The woman who has accused Florida freshman quarterback Treon Harris of sexual battery has withdrawn her charge, according to Harris’s attorney Huntley Johnson.
“The young lady that claimed that Treon Harris sexually battered her has withdrawn her complaint,” said Johnson in a statement to WUFT News. “I am very pleased for Treon Harris and his family.”
We have reached out to the University of Florida spokesman Janine Sikes, whose office said they would release information later this afternoon.
This story is developing.