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WEB EXTRA: DA Responds to Rape Case

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EUGENE, Ore. — The rape investigation involving three University of Oregon basketball players continues to gain attention on and off campus.

The university says it knew about the case hours after the alleged victim came forward, but it didn’t take action, at the request of the Eugene Police Department.

The three players–Brandon Austin, Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson–aren’t facing criminal charges. However, they’re no longer allowed to participate in team activities.

This happened in the early morning hours of March 9, just hours after the Ducks beat Arizona.

In a police report, the alleged victim says she was raped in the bathroom but then went back into the bathroom with the players where another alleged assault occurred. She also told police she got into a cab with the basketball players and went to an apartment where she was sexually abused again.

In the report, everyone agrees the alleged abuse stopped when the victim started crying. The players all say the sex was consensual.

Tobin Klinger, the Senior Director of Public Affairs Communications at the UO released a statement, saying:

“The University of Oregon first learned of the allegations from the alleged victim’s father on March 9, as reported in the released police report. Upon receiving information such as this, the university’s procedures are to immediately provide services and support. Prior to the NCAA Tournament, the Eugene Police Department told the university that if it took investigative or administrative action, it would jeopardize the integrity of the criminal investigation and, therefore, requested that the university not take action at that time. The university received the police report on April 24, after the criminal investigation was complete and the District Attorney declined to prosecute. Due to Federal privacy laws, the university cannot provide further details regarding its actions at this time.”

The Lane County District Attorney says there wasn’t enough evidence to file charges against the players. We sat down with Alex Gardner on Wednesday, and he explained why. Click on the video above to watch the full interview.

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  1. Matt M says:

    If there is no evidence of a crime, then why are these boys suspended?

    It would seem that at a university, being accused of a crime is itself a crime. If they committed a crime then charge them for one. If not, then suspending them is heavy-handed and unfair.

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