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Author Topic: Report: FL WR Antonio Callaway, former QB Treon Harris accused of sexual assault  (Read 611 times)

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Report: Florida Gators WR Antonio Callaway, former QB Treon Harris accused of sexual assault

By: Matt Jennings, SECcountry.com


Florida WR Antonio Callaway’s indefinite suspension is apparently related to an accusation of sexual assault.

ESPN’s Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach report that a woman who accused Callaway and former Florida QB Treon Harris of sexually assaulting her in December is boycotting a Title IX hearing on the matter because Florida appointed a football booster to adjudicate it.

The alleged assault happened in early December. The woman reported the incident to the university but did not report it to police. Callaway and Harris were suspended indefinitely in January for violating the student code of conduct. During that time they were not allowed on campus and took classes online.

Callaway has not been reinstated to play in games, but he was allowed back on campus in June for summer classes and participated in the team’s first fall practices this week. The university announced last week that Harris was transferring.

The woman’s attorney, John Clune, told the University of Florida his client would not be participating in the hearing, scheduled for Friday, in a letter that was obtained by ESPN.

“This has been a difficult decision but as I previously indicated to you, the fact that UF has hired a football booster to adjudicate a sexual assault allegation against one of the team’s own football players is a fundamentally skewed process in which [the complainant] refuses to participate,” Clune wrote.

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Attorney for Florida WR Antonio Callaway responds to ESPN report


By: Matt Jennings, SECcountry.com


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — ESPN dropped a bombshell report Friday, revealing Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway’s suspension involves a sexual assault allegation.

The accuser’s attorney, John Clune, told ESPN his client is boycotting the Title IX hearing because the university appointed a Gators booster to adjudicate the case.

Callaway’s attorney, Huntley Johnson, released a statement Friday in response to the report.

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We have read what the complainant’ s attorney has released to the press.

We consider his actions inappropriate and an attempt at intimidation.

Since the complainant’s attorney has chosen to go to the press in this matter, we assume that he will be releasing the hundreds of pages that made up the University of Florida’s investigation. We assume that he will be releasing the sworn affidavits in this case. We assume that he will be releasing the complainant’s text messages in the investigation. We assume that he will be releasing the complainant’s multitude of varying and conflicting stories.

We are not going to besmirch his client in the press. The totality of the investigation which is over one-thousand (1,000) pages will do that for us.

Our client has asked us not to release anything at this point. Because of the conduct of the complainant’s attorney, that may change in the future.

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Report: Complainant to boycott Title IX hearing regarding Antonio Callaway

By: Gridironnow.com staff


A woman who has accused two Florida football players, including star wide receiver Antonio Callaway, of sexually assaulting her in December reportedly is boycotting a Title IX hearing because the university appointed a former UF athlete and current booster-club member to adjudicate the case.

The woman has accused Callaway and Treon Harris of assaulting her in December. The school suspended both players in January; Callaway remains suspended but Harris has since transferred. ESPN.com reported that Harris’ transfer was part of a plea deal related to the Title IX case. Callaway has maintained his innocence.

In a letter obtained by ESPN.com, the woman’s attorney informed Florida’s deputy general counsel that the complainant, her parents and five witnesses will not attend Callaway’s student conduct code hearing, which was scheduled for today in Gainesville, Fla.

ESPN.com reported that the woman didn’t report the incident to police but did report it to Florida’s student conduct and conflict resolution office. Gainesville Police and University of Florida Police confirmed to ESPN that they didn’t have reports related to the alleged incident.

“This has been a difficult decision but as I previously indicated to you, the fact that UF has hired a football booster to adjudicate a sexual assault allegation against one of the team’s own football players is a fundamentally skewed process in which (the complainant) refuses to participate,” said the August 5 letter to UF deputy general counsel Amy Hass.

UF officials appointed Jacksonville attorney Jake Schickel to serve as a hearing officer. Schickel has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree from Florida, and is a former track athlete at UF. He also is a Gator Booster, an organization that raises money for Florida’s athletic programs.

“To be clear, [the complainant] remains very willing to participate in a fair and unbiased disciplinary process. Mr. Calloway’s behavior has had a great impact on her life and continuing as a student at UF is of great importance to her and her future,” the letter said. ” … Quite frankly, short of finding a relative of Mr. Calloway, I’m not sure how UF could have found someone with more conflicts (than) Mr. Schickel.”

ESPN.com reported that UF officials, citing confidentiality laws, declined to say whether it routinely hired Shickel to oversee student judicial hearings. Schickel did not respond to interview requests from ESPN.com.

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