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Reggie Lynch Denies Sexual Assault Allegations, Requests Appeal Amid Suspension

12 January 2018

The third woman coming forward against Lynch "resulted in a January 3 finding by the U's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) that Lynch was responsible for sexual misconduct in an alleged sexual assault that occurred on April 7, 2016", Olson and Stahl wrote.

Athletes are automatically suspended during criminal investigations, but the athletic director and the coach have discretion on whether to suspend an athlete during or after an EOAA investigation.

"I'm appalled and traumatized by how casually Ryan Pacyga discussed the details of one of the worst nights of my life, with no respect for me as a victim-or any regard for how this would impact me", she wrote.

Despite the allegations, Lynch has continued to practice with the basketball team even though he is suspended from game action. Law enforcement could have come in and collected the bedding, could have had the accuser do a sexual assault exam where she would have DNA swabs done and they would test for DNA and semen. Pitino said he asked his players.

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The 23-year-old's Gophers' career was overshadowed by sexual assault concerns before he ever played a game at Williams Arena. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office did not press charges due to a lack of evidence. In the same case, the EOAA found he was not responsible for violating the school's conduct code. In the case of 10 U of M football players accused of being involved in a sexual assault last September, the subcommittee upheld the recommended punishment for five of them but overturned or reduced discipline for the other half.

Pacyga went on to say he was not "taking down" the #MeToo movement because "he has a daughter". "On Wednesday, Pacyga compared the climate of the "#MeToo" movement - which has empowered women to speak out against harassment and assault in recent months - to the one surrounding Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Via rape survivor and activist Abby Honold, a former University of Minnesota student, the victim in that alleged incident released a statement blasting Pacyga for a violation of privacy. "But anytime someone is dealing with allegations and saying "I didn't do this" and you're accused in such a serious situation, I think anyone would feel victimized by that". Coach Richard Pitino told the StarTribune he practiced with the team Monday.

Lynch transferred to the Gophers after two years at Illinois State before the 2015-16 season.

Reggie Lynch Denies Sexual Assault Allegations, Requests Appeal Amid Suspension