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Sexual assault suspicions get Ray McDonald kicked off of team

Although the allegations of sexual assault by defensive lineman Ray McDonald are still just that, he has been cut from the the San Francisco 49ers. He has still yet to even be charged with anything related to sexual assault, and the apparent victim appears to be confused about what may have occurred. It is unclear whether California authorities intend to charge him with anything soon.

The ordeal began when a woman reported to a local hospital that she may have been the victim of a sexual assault. She identified her possible assailant as McDonald, and the hospital subsequently notified police. Authorities were able to secure a search warrant for McDonald's home, although it does not appear that anything of significance was found at his residence.

However, McDonald was recently arrested for an unrelated domestic violence incident. No charges were filed in that incident either, and there were apparently no competent eyewitnesses. There were also several conflicting accounts of what had actually occurred, and his fiance was opposed to pursuing any charges against him. 

The possible consequences for a sexual assault conviction can vary greatly, but are nonetheless serious and should be treated as such. Some in California facing allegations similar to this may be tempted to take no action until further information is available, while others might benefit from an already established foundation for their defense. Even if no charges have been filed, as McDonald has already lost his job, he may find it appropriate to go ahead, alongside his counsel, and consider the possible charges and any related evidence that is available.

Source: wjla.com, "San Francisco cuts lineman Ray McDonald over sex assault allegations", Dec. 18, 2014

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