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January 25, 2013
No charges to be filed against 49ers Crabtree

No charges will be filed against 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 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 San Francisco 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 said an assault did not occur. Crabtree cooperated with police and was interviewed by them Jan. 18 before the 49ers left to play the Falcons in the NFC Championship game. Crabtree, the team's leading receiver this season, started that game and will start the Super Bowl Feb. 3.

The day after the allegation surfaced, Crabtree's attorney issued a statement saying his client was confident in the legal process and would not comment further during the investigation.

Said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke in a release: "We are pleased to learn of the San Francisco District Attorney's announcement following a thorough review of the matter. Michael and the team can now put this behind us and move forward."

- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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