Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Von Pearson will not face charges after being accused of rape, according to Knox County DA Charme Allen. In a statement to the press, which was reported by Wes Rucker of 247 Sports, Allen explained the decision not to pursue charges against Pearson.
“On the morning of April 24, 2015, the Knoxville Police Department opened an investigation into an allegation of sexual assault that reportedly occurred at an apartment complex in Fort Sanders. Von Pearson eventually emerged as a potential suspect during the police investigation. The police department’s investigation is complete, and I have reviewed the entire investigation file to determine if a criminal investigation is appropriate.”
But Pearson is not off the hook just yet. On top of being on indefinite suspension from the team, he is also on suspension from the university and faces a code of conduct hearing. Per Rucker and Dustin Dopirak of the Knoxville News-Sentinel, this is where Pearson could get in trouble.
According to his attorney, Pearson still has a student conduct case pending, and those cases have a different burden of proof.
— Tennessee Beat (@TennesseeBeat) August 5, 2015
#Vols’ Von Pearson still has a student conduct hurdle to clear before UT reinstates him. Different standards there.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) August 5, 2015
Thus, though Pearson was the team’s second-leading receiver last year, he’s far from out of the woods. Given how UT is currently the subject of a federal investigation into sexual violence, don’t be shocked if the hammer is dropped down on him.
Campus Sports will update Pearson’s status as any new information becomes public.
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