Charges against Avs goalie Varlamov dropped, DA says

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DENVER — The third-degree assault charge against Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was dropped Friday, prosecutors said.

The Denver District Attorney’s office said that after an additional investigation, they could not longer present a case that proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he assaulted girlfriend in October.

DA spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said the decision not to pursue charges was not a reflection on the victim.

Varlamov, 25, turned himself into police in October and was held for one night after his girlfriend made the assault accusation.

He was charged in November. His girlfriend, Evgenia Vavrinyuk, 24, said she was assaulted at Varlamov’s home on Bassett Street.  According to a Denver police report, she had bruises consistent with a physical encounter.

Varlamov is traveling with the team to Los Angeles this weekend.

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