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Michigan player expelled, not charged, in sexual misconduct incident

Jan. 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM   |   Comments

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A University of Michigan football player who was expelled for violation a sexual misconduct policy, does not face criminal charges, a county prosecutor said.

The Washtenaw County, Mich., prosecutor's office said Wednesday it is not reviewing possible charges against former Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons, formally expelled in November 2013 over a 2009 incident, the Detroit News reported Thursday.

"We have not received a request for prosecution for anyone with this name," Steve Hiller, county chief assistant prosecutor, said of Gibbons.

The Free Press noted the police request prosecutions in Washtenaw County, not prosecutors.

The violation leading to Gibbons' expulsion stemmed from an alleged sexual misconduct incident in 2009, when he was a redshirt freshman on the team. He was in graduate school and had completed his football eligibility, with the exception of the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl game Dec. 28, 2013, when he was expelled.

He did not attend that game, Coach Brady Hoke announcing Gibbons had returned home to Florida for "a family matter."

A letter the school sent Gibbons, informing him of his separation from the school, said the university "determined a preponderance of evidence supports a finding the respondent engaged in unwanted conduct ... of a sexual nature, committed without valid consent."

The letter was reviewed and reported Tuesday by the Michigan Daily, an independent campus newspaper, which noted the university process operates independently of the criminal justice system.

The school released a statement Wednesday, clarifying its sexual misconduct policy and saying the allegations against Gibbons were handled "in accordance with university policy in effect at the time."

Michigan Daily said a change to the school's policy went into effect in 2011.

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