Florida freshman quarterback Jalon Jones, who was accused of sexual assault by two female UF students in April, is not facing any criminal charges at this time.
The case is considered closed by the University Police Department because the victims do not wish to pursue charges, UPD spokesman Maj. Brad Barber said Friday.
“There is no further action that can be taken at this time,” Barber said. “But the victims could come back and ask that the investigation be reopened. That’s where it’s at.”
According to two UPD incident reports, the two female students accused Jones of sexually assaulting them in separate incidents in his Keys dorm room on campus April 6. The assaults occurred only about 30 minutes apart, according to the reports.
The women had rape kits completed at Shands South Hospital’s Emergency Room that morning, but did not wish to pursue charges at the time, according to the reports. UPD officers completed a complaint withdrawal, and a UF victims advocate was notified.
At least one of the cases was referred to the school’s office of student conflict resolution April 9, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Even though the UF coaches knew about the allegations against Jones, he was allowed to play in the spring game four days later.
University Athletic Association spokesman Steve McClain said in a statement Thursday that UF was aware of the reports and that athletic department and campus protocols have been followed.
If the student conduct and conflict resolution receives a report, it can open an investigation if it deems one is warranted. If it involves possible sexual misconduct, the Office of Title IX Compliance would conduct the investigation.
If investigators determine a violation of the conduct code has taken place, the student would receive a letter detailing the charge and the case would eventually lead to a hearing.
Jones is not expected to remain a UF student.
A four-star prospect from Richmond, Va., Jones entered the NCAA transfer portal Tuesday and plans to transfer to another school. That likely will take place sometime in the next few months.
The transfer portal is a database where players wishing to move on to another school can submit their names. Once a player is in the portal, other schools are free to contact him about transferring.
Entering the portal does not mean a player has to transfer, but in the case of Jones, it seems obvious he is ready to move on from UF, where he would have an uncertain future due to the allegations made against him.
His is the sixth UF player to enter the portal since the end of last season, joining center T.J. McCoy, wide receiver Daquon Green, defensive end Antonneous Clayton, redshirt freshman defensive end Malik Langham and linebacker Kylan Johnson.
McCoy, Green and Clayton have already found new schools. McCoy has transferred to Louisville and Green to Murray State, while Clayton has announced he is transferring to Georgia Tech this summer. Johnson, who did not participate in spring practice with the Gators, has not announced a decision yet. No word also on Langham’s plans.