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Florida quarterback Treon Harris warms up prior to an NCAA college football game against Missouri in Gainesville, Fla. on Oct. 18, 2014. John Raoux—AP

Florida Football Player Accused of Rape Texted Alleged Victim: 'Don't Tell Nobody Bout Nothing'

Oct 23, 2014

A University of Florida football player who was accused of raping a fellow student on Oct. 6 allegedly texted the accuser "don't tell nobody bout nothing" after the encounter, according to full police reports released Wednesday.

Treon Harris, the freshman quarterback of the University of Florida team, reportedly sent the text message the morning after the accuser came to his room according to the police report. The female accuser told police that she had gone to Harris's room to sleep but repeatedly made it clear she did not want to have sex. She said he held her down with his body weight and penetrated her against her will, but has since withdrawn her complaint, reserving the right to press charges in the future.

The alleged rape occurred early in the morning on Oct. 5, and the accuser went to the police on Oct. 6. In a police interview, Harris said he thought the sex was consensual, and that the text message was intended to keep the hookup a secret from another girl, according to the New York Times. Harris was suspended from the team on Oct. 6, but was reinstated after the accuser withdrew her complaint on Oct. 9.

The release of the police reports come after the New York Times published an extensive investigation of police dealings with Florida State football players that brought to light incidents in which it appeared that players are often treated differently by police because of their position on the team. Although Florida State University and University of Florida are not affiliated, the incident coincides with a period of heightened scrutiny about how universities deal with allegations of sexual assault among football players.

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