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DA Responds to Oregon Rape Allegations

Lane County DA Alex Gardner

Lane County DA Alex Gardner

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner has issued a statement in response to rape allegations involving three members of the University of Oregon men’s basketball team.

The three players involved in the investigation are Brandon Austin, Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson. In the police report, the alleged victim says the three players first raped her in a bathroom at a party just after midnight on Sunday, March 9, just hours after Oregon’s game against Arizona. The victim says she then took a cab with the players and a fourth person back to Artis’ apartment where she says she was raped again.

The Lane County DA’s Office says no charges will be filed.

“The no-file decision is based entirely upon analysis of the available evidence and it’s insufficiency to prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt,” Gardner said in the statement.

“A no file decision is not a statement about who we believe or don’t believe. It is simply an analysis of the available evidence and its sufficiency to meet the State’s burden of proof. From time to time, additional evidence becomes available after an initial no-file. When that happens, the evidence is reviewed and, if sufficient, a case may be revived and prosecuted,” Gardner said.

Click here to read the entire statement.

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