City-County Council Vice President Zach Adamson denies rape allegation

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Update: A special prosecutor determined no rape charges were warranted against Zach Adamson.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– City-County Council Vice President Zach Adamson is speaking out after an allegation of rape surfaced Wednesday.

Our partners at IndyStar first reported the allegation, based on documents and police reports they obtained.

Those documents reportedly indicate the incident involves a 19-year-old male victim and happened in September 2015. It was first reported to authorities on June 20 and a police report was filed Monday.

Adamson spoke with FOX59 and issued this statement:

I’ve only recently become aware of accusations against me, which are completely untrue and without merit. Unfortunately, it appears I’ve become a target of ridiculous accusations. These allegations of impropriety are false. I can’t say that any more strongly.

Until it is resolved, I’ll refrain from further comment and refer all questions to my attorney, Kathleen Sweeney.

Adamson told FOX59 he had not been spoken to by police. He is not facing any charges as of now and has not been arrested.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s office said a special prosecutor would be appointed to review the allegations due to Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry’s professional and personal relationship with Adamson.

IMPD issued this brief statement:

“We are aware of an allegation in a police report filed on Monday June 20th for an incident occurring in September of 2015. We are working with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, and any public comment will be released by the Prosecutor’s Office.”

Adamson was appointed vice president in January. He was elected to a second term last year.