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Minnesota player won’t face charges

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ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 7: Reggie Lynch #22 of the Illinois State Redbirds and Fred VanVleet #23 of the Wichita State Shockers fight for control of a loose ball during the MVC Basketball Tournament Semifinals at the Scottrade Center on March 7, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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Minnesota junior Reggie Lynch will not face charges stemming from his May arrest on suspicion of sexual assault.

“We have insufficient evidence to prove a crime was committed,’’ Chuck Laszewski, spokesperson for Hennepin (Minn.) County attorney’s office, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Lynch was arrested in May for the alleged rape of a 19-year-0ld woman in Minneapolis, but was released without charge as the incident was further investigated. He was suspended indefinitely by the Gophers upon the arrest.

“The investigation is ongoing, and it is important that we allow it to conclude before drawing conclusions,” Minnesota president Eric Kaler said in a May statement. “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.”

Lynch sat out last season after transferring to Minnesota from Illinois State, where he averaged 9.5 points per game as a sophomore. The Gophers have not provided an update on his status following prosecutors’ decision not to file charges.