Knoxville police investigate alleged rape involving UT football player

Von Pearson

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department is investigating an alleged rape involving a member of the University of Tennessee football team.

Officers say the victim identified the suspect as Von Pearson, 23, originally from Newport News, Virginia, who plays wide receiver for the team.

Police were called to University Walk Apartments, 2308 Forest Avenue, around 6 a.m. Friday. Investigators took statements from the victim and several witnesses and alerted the Sexual Assault Center.

The investigation is still in the early stages and police say it is ongoing. No further information has been released and no charges have been filed.

University officials have not yet responded for comment.

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