No charges in alleged sex assault by 49ers' Crabtree

Published: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 - 3:03 pm

SANTA CLARA – No charges will be filed against 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a San Francisco hotel early on Jan. 13.

"The San Francisco Police Department-Special Victims Unit completed and submitted a thorough investigation of the allegations against Michael Crabtree," said a statement from District Attorney George Gascon. "Following a review of all the evidence, my office has determined that no charges will be filed against Michael Crabtree at this time."

A report in the San Francisco Chronicle this week said that two other women at the W Hotel at the time told police an assault did not occur.

Crabtree was interviewed by police on Jan. 18 before the 49ers left to play the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. Crabtree, the team's leading receiver this season, started that game and will start in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.

The day after the allegation surfaced, Crabtree's attorney issued a statement saying, "We have confidence in the process," and noting that Crabtree voluntarily met with police to discuss the matter.

Said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke in a news release: "Michael and the team can now put this behind us and move forward."

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