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Tuesday / February 20.
  • Coach Says Assault Charges Against Lee Dropped (UPDATED)

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    Huntington (West Va.) Prep coach Rob Fulford says sexual assault charges against guard Ray Lee have been dropped and that Lee has been removed from the team.

    “Ray Lee was removed from our program for entering the Marshall dorms, period,” Fulford told SNY.tv. “We have a very strict policy against our players being in the Marshall housing and regardless of what happened behind closed doors, Ray was removed from the team for being there.

    “As for the charges, the accuser has notified the MUPD (Marshal University Police Dept.) that all charges are dropped and Ray is awaiting word from the prosecutor’s office confirming the official release from charges. We wish Ray the best.”

    However, Jim Terry of the Marshall University Police Dept said by phone the charges had not yet been officially dropped.

    “To my knowledge, they have not been dropped,” he said.

    The Prosecutor’s Office in Huntington, W.V., said there is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 31.

    The 6-foot-3 Lee, a Detroit, Mich., native, reportedly sexually assaulted a 17-year-old Marshall University student in her dorm room on Monday. He faced two charges each of sexual assault in the first degree and sexual assault in the second degree.

    He was being recruited by UCF, Baylor, Marquette and South Florida prior to the incident.

    (Photo courtesy Huntington Herald-Dispatch)

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    • Your update is good news for the young man and his family I’m sure. Blogs have been really negative and vendictive destroying his future and career before the facts had even been presented and the truth be told and not really knowing the person or the situation or facts. A person is innocent until proven guilty and “ALL” persons involved should be given the opportunity to present the facts and the truth. People are so quick to only believe the worst of person and judging the negative before knowing truly facts.

    • I’m sure it is only a formaility with the courts and the charges will officially be dropped by the Court as the young lady has dropped the charges and this will be closed and he can go on with his life and mend the accusations and continue with his future. His life has taken a complete change over accusations by a non identified female. As the Coach stated he was removed from their program for entering the Marshall dorms, period. People should NOT be so quick to judge and destroy a person before the truth surfaces. Hope everyone learns from this!