It was announced on Wednesday that Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Von Pearson will not be charged for an alleged rape in which Pearson was named a suspect on April 24. Following a three-month investigation, Knox County District Attorney Charme Allen, released the following statement on Wednesday:
“After a thorough review of the investigation, I have determined that there is insufficient evidence to sustain a criminal prosecution against Von Pearson. Mr. Pearson will not be criminally charged as a result of the accusation made against him on April 24, 2015.”
Tennessee head coach Butch Jones announced on Monday in a pre-camp press conference that Pearson remained under suspension from school and all football activities. Jones did not address the media following Wednesday evening’s practice and has yet to announce any further update regarding Pearson’s status with the football team. It should be noted that Pearson has not been present at either of the Vols’ first two practices.
According to a spokesperson from the University, Pearson’s status remains unchanged in regard to his suspension from school following the Wednesday announcement that he would not be charged in the investigation. In spite of the fact that the Knox County District Attorney’s Office decided to no longer pursue the charge against Pearson, the University is under no obligation to do the same. The same holds true for Jones and the Tennessee football program. Even if the University should lift Pearson’s suspension from school.
Pearson’s attorney, Chris Coffey, stated that Pearson currently has a pending student conduct hearing regarding the matter, but school officials would not confirm Coffey’s claim, citing federal privacy law that prevents them from sharing information regarding student affairs.
Pearson, a senior from Newport News, Va., led Tennessee in touchdown receptions (5) last season. He also ranked second on the team in both receptions (38) and receiving yards (393). Pearson is expected to play a major role in the Vols’ 2015 offense as a starting wide receiver should he be allowed to re-join the team. His presence is sorely needed as the Vols currently have just eight scholarship players at wide receiver, including converted freshman quarterback Jauan Jennings.
— Written by Rob McVey, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. McVey is a diehard Tennessee Volunteers' fan who loves singing "Rocky Top" every opportunity he gets. Follow him on Twitter @Rob_UTVOLS