A sexual assault charge laid against a Brazilian soccer player following an alleged incident in the city during the Pan Am Games has been dropped.
His lawyer, Brian Greenspan confirmed the news on Tuesday, saying prosecutors dismissed the charge against 21 year old Lucas Domingues Piazon because there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.
Greenspan has also taken aim at Toronto police, saying that the force knew the dismissal of the charge was inevitable, and that they were wrong to tarnish the reputation of an international soccer star, adding that his client has been living ”under a cloud of global suspicious” since the charge was announced in October of last year.
The charge related to an alleged sexual assault against a 21-year-old woman at a residence in Toronto on July 25th.
A separate warrant was also issued for a fellow Brazilian soccer player in connection with the same incident, however it is not yet clear if the charge against 22 year old Andrey Da Silva Ventura will also be dropped.
Both Lucas Domingues Piazon and Andrey Da Silva Ventura were in town to take part in the Pan Am games as members of the Brazilian soccer team at the time of the alleged assault.