No charges filed against UW athlete in alleged rape case

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 4 at 6:59 PM

SEATTLE -- King County prosecutors elected not to file charges against a University of Washington basketball player accused of rape.

Prosecutors announced Friday they had finished a review in the case, and that there was insufficient evidence to file criminal charges.

The "prominent" men's basketball player was accused of raping a 16-year-old girl after the two chatted on Facebook and later met in person. During the encounter, they went to a liquor store and then back to the athlete's apartment.

Prosecutors said they came to the decision based on witness statements from Seattle Police, a friend of the teen, and friends of the athlete.

"The basketball player met the young woman downtown, and then allegedly purchased liquor for them on the way to his apartment. After the young woman consumed the liquor, witnesses describe consensual sexual contact," prosecutors wrote in a statement.

The athlete will not be named because no charges have been filed.

King County prosecutors referred the case to the Seattle City Attorney's Office for consideration of a charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

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