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U of M player Reggie Lynch released without charge in rape case

Reggie Lynch transferred back to the U of M to be closer to home.

Reggie Lynch transferred back to the U of M to be closer to home.

University of Minnesota basketball player Reggie Lynch spent 36 hours in jail with his future hanging in the balance. 

On Tuesday he was released, and given back a form of freedom. His future is no less uncertain. 

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced it would not file charges related to the sexual assault accusation against Lynch, 21, who was arrested Sunday afternoon. The prosecutor's office explained in a statement that it was deferring the decision to charge Lynch, pending the collection of further evidence by police. 

The decision, or lack thereof, gives police a second shot at interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence that might support a case for charging Lynch. There's no set timetable for how long this would take, but the attorney's office expects it to be completed in "no longer than 90 days."

Fox 9 reports the decision puts the case back in the hands of University of Minnesota police, who are handling the investigation. 

 

Lynch was arrested as the suspect in the rape of a 19-year-old woman in a Minneapolis apartment building, according to the Pioneer Press. The University of Minnesota suspended Lynch immediately following his arrest, and PiPress reporter Marcus Fuller tweeted the University is sticking to that decision after Lynch's release Tuesday.

 

Lynch, a 6-10 center, sat out last season after transferring to the U of M from Illinois State. He grew up in Edina and attended Edina High School, and has said he transferred to the Gophers to be closer to home.