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Freeman: Sex conduct of U football players 'deplorable' but no charges

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University of Minnesota players speak to reporters.
University of Minnesota players speak to reporters in the Nagurski Football Complex in Minneapolis on Dec. 15.
Jeff Wheeler | Star Tribune via AP file

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Friday he won't bring any criminal charges after reviewing an internal University of Minnesota investigation into an alleged sexual assault by Gopher football players. 

Earlier this month, 10 players were suspended from the football team after an on-campus investigation found them guilty of violating school policy. That investigation says the athletes were involved in what a student described as multiple sexual assaults of the same woman.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman
Elizabeth Flores | Star Tribune via AP file

Freeman called the incident "deplorable," but said the internal investigation showed no significant new evidence that would enable prosecutors to bring charges. Freeman made the same decision two months ago after the initial Minneapolis police investigation into the incident.

The players are facing school sanctions ranging from probation to expulsion. They've appealed the findings and sanctions.