Three UO basketball players will not be charged in rape investigation

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 5:31 AM

Updated Friday, May 9 at 5:31 AM

EUGENE. Ore. -- Three players on the University of Oregon basketball team are being investigated by Eugene police in connection with an alleged rape, the school said in a prepared statement.

Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin "are not currently participating in any school activities," the announcement read. The school did not specify the parameters of the suspension.

The coaches and players were not available for comment.

The Lane County district attorney's office said no charges would be filed on the case.,

"While there is no doubt the incidents occurred," DA Alex Gardner said in a prepared statement, "the conflicting statements and actions by the victim make this case unprovable as a criminal case.

Police released their report Monday on the rape incident.

The episode began in the bathroom at a house party and continued at a player's apartment. The victim, who said she was intoxicated, said the players took turns with the unwanted sexual assault at both locations until she began to cry. Artis and Dotson told police the activity was consensual.

The Lane County District Attorney's office released a detailed statment on why they chose not to press charges that contradicted many of the victim's claims.

University president Michael Gottfredson issued the following statement.

"We are deeply concerned about information contained in the police report recently released by the Eugene Police Department. Federal laws that protect the privacy of all students preclude the university from commenting about students. However, the university takes allegations of misconduct very seriously. In addition, a full range of services and support are offered to students, including those required by Title IX and others beyond the requirements of Title IX. The university has established internal conduct processes for handling misconduct allegations. At this point, we ask that you please respect these processes and student privacy."

Austin has previously been under investigation for sexual assault while at Providence College, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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