Tennessee receiver Von Pearson won’t face criminal charges

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee wide receiver Von Pearson won’t face criminal charges in connection with the rape investigation in which police named him as a suspect.

Knox County district attorney general Charme Allen issued a statement Wednesday in which she said that “after a thorough review of the investigation, I have decided there is insufficient evidence to sustain a criminal prosecution against Von Pearson.”

Pearson has been suspended from the team since Knoxville police issued a report April 24 that named him as a suspect. Tennessee coach Butch Jones said Monday that Pearson also was suspended from school.

Tennessee officials and Pearson’s lawyer, Chris Coffey, didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Pearson caught 38 passes for 393 yards and had a team-high five touchdown receptions last season.

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