Rape Charges Dropped against Ex-49er Ray McDonald after accuser refuses to testify

Monday, April 17, 2017 04:40PM
FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2013, file photo, San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald looks on during NFL football training camp in Santa Cl (AP Photo)
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Santa Clara District Attorney's office says former San Francisco 49ers player ray McDonald will not face charges for sexual assault, after the accuser refused to testify.

The felony charges were dismissed Monday morning in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

"Despite my best efforts to convince the victim to testify, she refused. That is her legal right. Regretfully, Ray McDonald will not face a jury for what he did that night. We are disappointed that he will not be held responsible," Deputy District Attorney Chris Lamiero said in a statement.



The indictment stems from a Dec. 15, 2014 incident at the 30-year-old former professional football player's home.

The 49ers released Ray McDonald in December 2014, after San Jose police revealed the defensive lineman was under investigation for an alleged sexual assault.

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