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Posted on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 : 1:45 p.m.

No charges filed against Michigan football player accused of sexual assault

By Dave Birkett

Ann Arbor police have closed an investigation against a Michigan football player accused of sexual assault, Detective Lt. Mark St. Amour said Tuesday.

Police are not seeking charges against the player because the accuser didn't want to pursue the case, St. Amour said.

“The person was unsure whether or not she wanted to proceed with the investigation or not, wanted time to think about it," St. Amour said. "We gave her a timeframe to make contact with us if she wanted to pursue it and she did not make contact with us to pursue it, so we’re closing it out."

St. Amour said detectives attempted to re-interview the woman, but weren't successful.

"A lot of times what we do on these cases, if the victim doesn’t want to pursue it, we won’t pursue it," he said. "She’s the one that’s making the allegations, so we need her cooperation if she wants to pursue it."

St. Amour declined to discuss any evidence or specifics of the case.

Police arrested the freshman football player the morning after Michigan's season-ending loss to Ohio State when an 18-year-old woman reported she was sexually assaulted during a party at the Chi Psi fraternity.

The player, who redshirted last season, still is on the team.

Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.



Wed, Jan 13, 2010 : 3:18 a.m.

Are you sure the Michigan athletic department didnt make this girl go away the same way they made Ed Martin go away? They also got rid of that guy who was at the head of RR's Speculitave Real Estate dealings.


Tue, Jan 12, 2010 : 5:50 p.m.

$$$$...The M way


Tue, Jan 12, 2010 : 5:35 p.m.

Yeah Wally, go watch Spartacus or something.


Tue, Jan 12, 2010 : 5:29 p.m.

chuck, don't get too riled up about "wally". he's a dollar store sparty that cannot find any sparty sites to spew his frustation.


Tue, Jan 12, 2010 : 4:22 p.m.

The only reason you read this story was because it was in the media. Also, it seems that UM fans would want everyone to know the player who was accused of rape isn't being charged, because there wasn't much to the accusation. MSU has enough of it's own legal troubles with football players, wouldn't you say?