University of Tennessee senior wide receiver Von Pearson won't face rape charges after he was named a suspect in a three-month investigation, Knox County district attorney general Charme Allen announced.
Pearson, 23, was suspended from both the university and its football team on the day of the supposed incident after a 19-year-old fellow-UT student accused him of raping her in an off-campus apartment.
“After a thorough review of the investigation, I have determined that there is insufficient evidence to sustain a criminal prosecution,” Allen said. “Mr. Pearson will not be criminally charged as a result of the accusation made against him on April 24, 2015.”
The Knoxville Police Department took statements regarding the incident from five men and a woman, including two UT football players, who served as witnesses. The UT Police Department listed the case as “alcohol-related.”
Pearson, who joined UT after two years at Feather River College in Quincy, Calif., had 38 receptions for 393 yards, and led the Volunteers with five touchdowns last season.
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