Florida WR Antonio Callaway cleared in Title IX sexual assault case

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Callaway caught 35 passes for 678 yards (a true freshman record) and four touchdowns last season.
Callaway caught 35 passes for 678 yards (a true freshman record) and four touchdowns last season.

Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway has been cleared in a sexual assault investigation, a finding that allows him to remain in school and on the Gators football team, the Tampa Bay Times reported Friday. 

Jacksonville attorney Jake Schickel, the Title IX hearing officer in the case, found Callaway was not responsible for conduct causing physical injury, sexual assault and sexual misconduct, according to a letter obtained by the Times.

Callaway's accuser and her attorney boycotted an Aug. 5 hearing because of what they claimed was a conflict of interest -- Schickel is a Gators football booster and a former Florida athlete.

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Callaway was Florida's leading receiver as freshman last season, catching 35 passes for 678 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games. He also returned two punts for touchdowns.

Last Wednesday, he practiced with the Gators for the first time since he was suspended in January, as the alleged code of conduct violation was investigated.

In addition to Callaway, former Gators quarterback Treon Harris was accused of attempted sexual assault in January. As part of a plea agreement in his case, Harris transferred from Florida.

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