Attorney: alleged victim ‘initiated contact'

In a statement released by Florida freshman quarterback Treon Harris’ lawyer on Thursday, Huntley Johnson laid out his version of the events that led to the investigation of the young man he says was wrongly accused of sexual battery and brought to light several errors in the media reporting the incident.

Gainesville (Fla.) attorney Huntley Johnson released a full statement on the incidents that led to the allegations of the supposed attack. Here is the statement…

“We are releasing this statement in an attempt to help clarify the circumstances surrounding the investigation of Treon Harris.”

“The status of Mr. Harris as a student at the University of Florida is that he was given an interim suspension pending a resolution by the administration of the University. After an appeal of the decision to suspend Mr. Harris, the University decided to allow Mr. Harris to continue his online courses.

“Because he is not allowed on campus, Mr. Harris is currently not attending those classes which occur in a classroom.”

“In terms of the criminal case, as most of you are aware, the University released a redacted police report yesterday evening. Currently, Mr. Harris has not been arrested and the criminal investigation is ongoing. First, we want to dispel the idea that the alleged victim and our client didn’t know each other. Our client and the alleged victim knew each other to the extent that they had each other’s cell phone numbers and had previously spent time together of their own accord for the purpose of socializing together. We want to dispel the idea and rumors floating around that our client forced his way into the alleged victim’s apartment. Those rumors are patently false. Mr. Harris has never been inside the young lady’s room.”

“We understand that all of the evidence was gathered from our client’s room, which is where the interaction between the two parties took place.”

“We know that an individual has given testimony to law enforcement that he had sexual relations with the alleged victim less than an hour before the alleged sexual conduct with our client took place.”

“In fact, testimony indicates that the young lady in question was the sexual aggressor in that interaction. Our investigation has produced no evidence whatsoever that the young lady in question was impaired. We have provided law enforcement with multiple witnesses that will indicate what the interaction was between the alleged victim and our client before they returned to our client’s room: they were smiling and they were holding hands. They returned to the Springs Residential Complex in a car driven by another female student who was a friend of the alleged victim.”

“We have provided multiple text messages to the authorities investigating this incident. These texts were exchanged among the alleged victim, Mr. Harris, and the other gentleman mentioned above.”

“When these text messages are released, they will show that the young woman making these allegations initiated the conduct with Mr. Harris while he was still in the locker room in Knoxville. Shortly after the team plane landed, texting continued between Mr. Harris and the alleged victim.”

“We believe the evidence will show the alleged victim was in fact in the sexual aggressor with not one, but two young men early last Sunday morning.”

“Misstatements in the media to date have painted a picture that is inconsistent with the evidence. That said, we have fully cooperated with this investigation. Mr. Harris agreed to a search of his dorm room. Mr. Harris agreed to a search of his phone. Mr. Harris gave a voluntary statement to law enforcement.”

“We have turned over at least six (6) eyewitnesses to the events in questions to law enforcement. We have turned over the text messages to law enforcement. We have suggested to law enforcement multiple locations from which they should secure video surveillance. We have provided law enforcement with information gathered from the Internet that this young woman posted on Sunday, after the alleged misconduct, where she is smiling and happy. There is no indication of any physical or mental trauma.”

“We have previously indicated that we do not believe that Mr. Harris will be arrested or prosecuted. That is because of our experience and the facts of this case.”

“He is not guilty of a crime and he did not mistreat this young lady in any way that night.”

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In short, and believing the statements from Mr. Johnson here, Harris was not the initiator, everything that happened was at his place of residence and she knowingly and willingly went there, the alleged victim within hours beforehand was with other males that have testified that she was a sexual aggressor in an encounter, and that the day after the event (and before it was reported) there is visual evidence of her in a happy state of mind.

The other part of this that is troubling as well is all of the mis-information pushed by the media about the events that happened. Mr. Huntley flat denies that the two parties were strangers before that evening, he denies that Harris ever was in her room, and especially wasn’t trying to barge into her room against her will.

As with all cases like this (an investigation at this point), there are two sides to the story. But it is hard to fathom with the facts that Mr. Johnson says he has on this situation with Mr. Harris and the young lady, if they are true, that Mr. Harris can be charged.

Stay tuned to Fightin’ Gators as we continue to analyze this situation in progress.


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