Gophers' Reggie Lynch Out of Jail as Investigation Continues

File photo of Reggie Lynch at a Gophers practice. Photo: Photo: KSTP/File
File photo of Reggie Lynch at a Gophers practice.

January 10, 2018 08:25 AM

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says University of Minnesota basketball player Reggie Lynch has been released from jail and a charging decision against him in an alleged sex assault has been deferred pending further investigation.

Lynch was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. The university said the 6-foot-9 center was suspended from all team activities indefinitely pending the outcome of an investigation, but didn't release details of the alleged assault.


A 36-hour hold after the arrest expired at noon Tuesday and Lynch was released from the Hennepin County Jail.

The county attorney's office says the case has been sent back to police for additional investigation. There's no deadline for when the work needs to be completed, but generally it takes no longer than 90 days. Deferrals are issued when the gathering of statements and evidence cannot be completed before the end of the 36-hour detention period expires.

Lynch is a graduate of Edina High School who transferred to Minnesota from Illinois State University. He sat out last season because of the transfer. He was expected to play a large role on the team in 2016-2017.

University President Eric Kaler released the following statement Tuesday:

The allegations that came to light over the weekend involving one of our student athletes are deeply troubling. The behavior currently under investigation does not reflect our values or the campus climate we strive to ensure, and will not be tolerated at the University of Minnesota. The investigation is ongoing, and it is important that we allow it to conclude before drawing conclusions. But let me be clear, the allegations are at odds with what we stand for at the University of Minnesota, within our athletic department and across our campus.  

In light of these allegations, it is also important to reaffirm our strong commitment to providing confidential resources and support through our Aurora Center to those who are victims of sexual harassment or assault.


Scott Theisen

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