E-commerce CEO returns to China after arrest in US on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct

The CEO of a Chinese e-commerce giant is back in China after being arrested in Minnesota on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct, according to multiple news reports.

Richard Liu, CEO of, was arrested Friday evening by Minneapolis police, according to Hennepin County, Minn., jail records. He was released from custody on Saturday, without bail, "pending complaint."

An official with told The Associated Press on Monday that Liu, who is also known as Liu Qiangdong, "has been released without charges and he is now back in China."

Earl Gray, a Minneapolis-based lawyer for Liu, has said his client denies any wrongdoing. Gray told Reuters that he expects his client won't end up being charged since he was released without charges or bail.

"Under these circumstances based on our substantial experience in the criminal justice system in Minnesota charges are highly unlikely in the future to be brought against our client," Gray said in an email to Reuters.

The Financial Times, citing two people with direct knowledge of the matter, said the case involved Liu, 45, a student in a business program at the University of Minnesota, and a Chinese student at the school allegedly during a U.S. business trip.

Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder told the AP that he couldn't give any details because the investigation is still active.

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