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Rape charge dismissed against former 49ers DT Ray McDonald

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Former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald has not been in the news much since his release by the Chicago Bears in 2015, but there is some news. Santa Clara prosecutors have dropped a rape charge against McDonald, connected to an incident that ultimately resulted in his release by the 49ers.

The charge stemmed from an incident at McDonald’s home in December 2014. A search warrant was served at the time in connection to a rape allegation. The 49ers released McDonald very shortly after that, citing a pattern of poor decision-making that included a domestic violence incident in August (no charges filed), and a May police visit.

McDonald was eventually indicted in August 2015 with rape, while Ahmad Brooks, who was in the house as well, was charged with misdemeanor sexual battery. I have not been able to locate an update on Brooks’ case.

The alleged victim refused to testify in this case, according to San Jose Mercury News reporter Tracey Kaplan. The alleged victim had filed a civil lawsuit against McDonald and Brooks, but there is no word on resolution of that civil case. McDonald signed with the Chicago Bears that 2015 offseason, but was released after a separate domestic violence charge in May.