January 10, 2018 09:30 AM
The University of Minnesota's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action is recommending immediate expulsion as a third sexual assault allegation has emerged against suspended basketball player Reggie Lynch.
A redacted version of the complaint, which KSTP obtained Tuesday, resulted in the EOAA issuing a finding that Lynch was responsible for sexual misconduct in an alleged off-campus sexual assault on April 7, 2016.
Lynch was already facing suspension for an incident that allegedly happened that same month.
A source close to Lynch, however, told KSTP Lynch denies that particular accusation and will appeal the EOAA's findings against him. His attorney Ryan Pacyga, confirmed to KSTP Tuesday that Lynch will appeal the suspension related to the first April 2016 incident.
Pacyga said he would not comment on the April allegations until a press conference he is expected to hold at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Lynch, an Edina native and defending Big 10 defensive player of the year, did not play in Saturday's loss to Indiana. However, Athletics Director Mark Coyle said he remains a part of the team and has been practicing with the Gophers.
Lynch's most recent suspension, made public Friday, could run through August 2020. That suspension could reportedly include exemption from games and practices as well as from classes, campus and university events.
In a statement Tuesday evening, the university said it stands behind Coyle's suspension decision. A spokesman said federal protections prevent the university from sharing more information, but that the school understands the public's frustration.
"The University takes its responsibility seriously and is committed to allowing for due process for all parties involved," the university statement reads. "The University has and will continue to follow its processes and procedures to the letter of the law in relation to matters of student educational data, but understands the public's desire for more information."
A copy of the investigative findings indicates the woman who filed the complaint regarding an April 28, 2016 incident was 20 years old and a student but not at the U of M.
Sources tell KSTP the investigation started in mid-October after the woman reported the alleged assault to the university. A source with knowledge of the situation told KSTP the woman involved in that April 28, 2016 incident and the woman involved in the April 7, 2016 incident did not know each other.
This is not the first time Lynch has been investigated.
In May 2016, Lynch was arrested on suspicion of raping a 19-year-old woman in a campus apartment. The EOAA investigation into that allegation found the incident was likely consensual. Lynch was cleared, and no charges were filed.
Updated: January 10, 2018 09:30 AM
Created: January 09, 2018 05:11 PM
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