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Jury finds Allyn Fye, of Amherst, not guilty of rape, sexual assault charges

Moments later, Allyn Fye said, “I have no hard feelings toward her — I forgive her,” referring to his accuser.

“I think she just regrets a decision she made and didn’t know the power of her words.” Fye, 27, of 288 Grantwood Drive, Amherst, was found not guilty of two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 Monday afternoon.

Fye said by the time the jury of seven women and five men read its verdict, he was “fairly confident” he would be exonerated.

“Because I know I didn’t commit the crime,” he said. Fye’s trial began last week before Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard Carey.

Fye’s attorney, Alan Rubin of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, said Fye and a fellow University of Massachusetts student had sexual relations in the early morning hours of March 5, 2011, but said the rape accusation was borne out of “morning-after regret” and the sex was consensual.

The jury apparently agreed, taking about four hours of deliberations to reach its verdict.

Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Carrie Russell, who prosecuted the case, said after a day of partying including visits to the annual “Blarney Blowout” St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Amherst, the alleged victim and a group of others gathered at a Main Street apartment. As a matter of policy, the Gazette does not identify victims of alleged sexual assault.

Fye was also at that party, Russell said, and she characterized the incident as an assault, during which she said “no” and “stop.”

“He saw what he wanted and he took it,” Russell said of Fye in her opening statement July 16.

“Justice was served today,” Fye said after the verdict.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.

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