No charges filed against Michigan football player accused of sexual assault
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.
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