Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Minnesota's Reggie Lynch 'categorically denies' sexual misconduct allegations

Minnesota's Reggie Lynch 'categorically denies' sexual misconduct allegations

Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle had already suspended the 6-10 senior on January 5, a day after a university investigation found him responsible for sexual misconduct in two incidents in April 2016. Lynch has appealed that ruling.

Lynch has faced three different allegations of sexual misconduct that were investigated by the university, and he was suspended indefinitely by the athletic department last week.

The 23-year-old Minnesota native was suspended from the basketball program and banned from the school's Minneapolis campus until August 1, 2020 last week following an investigation by the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office that started in the fall, per Scott Gleeson of USA Today. In that case, Lynch was arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct but ultimately not charged by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

Pacyga wouldn't provide details but called it a "she said, he said" situation made more hard because the allegations were made months after the incidents and key evidence is no longer available.

Pacyga went on to say he was not "taking down" the #MeToo movement because "he has a daughter".

Attorney Ryan Pacyga said Wednesday Lynch has appealed both rulings and requested a panel review.

"Reggie Lynch categorically denies all of these allegations".

Hutton and Pacyga were involved with the 10 Gophers football players in last year's case of an alleged sexual assault. "Because accusers came forward after 18 months, there's no way to collect and test evidence". He said he's afraid for his client because the recent flood of high-profile sexual misconduct allegations across the country.

Lynch was suspended from the team on Friday by athletics director Mark Coyle, following an investigation by the University's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

Pacyga said after one of the alleged incidents, one of the victims was texting Lynch and telling him what bars she would be at.

On Wednesday evening, Abby Honold, who was raped by a fellow U of M student in 2014 and who has championed legislation to change how campus assaults are handled, shared a message from the student who reported being assaulted by Lynch on April 28, 2016.

Lynch, meanwhile, has not decided on whether he will continue challenging the school's findings-or even whether he will still attend school at the University of Minnesota or play basketball with the team. Pacyga said Lynch declined to travel for the Gophers' game against Northwestern Wednesday at 8 p.m., but a University spokesperson said Lynch did not have a choice.

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