Prosecutor: No criminal charges filed against four Purdue football players accused of sexual assault
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – No criminal charges were filed by officials after reviewing evidence in a case which accused four Purdue University football players of sexually assaulting two women last month.
According to the law firm retained by the women’s families in exploration of a potential civil lawsuit, the alleged sexual assaults took place October 13th at an off-campus home where the players lived. The women reported the incident to school authorities and the West Lafayette Police Department.
The Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s office reviewed the evidence after a thorough investigation by the West Lafayette Police Department and said that no criminal charges were filed.
The players were also accused of providing alcohol to minors and maintaining a common nuisance.
At least one other student has come forward claiming a similar incident involving Purdue football players happened in the past, according to the law firm of Massillamany & Jeter LLP. That student is not being represented by the firm.
After a formal hearing, the university suspended the players from the football team although they’re allowed on campus so they can go to class, the law firm said.
Firm partner Mario Massillamany issued a statement calling on Purdue administrators to expedite expulsion proceedings against the players:
“School officials must move quickly to hold these players accountable for their actions and show these victims that their voices are being heard. Purdue and other schools have an obligation to send a message that this type of activity will not be tolerated. If there are others out there who have been victimized in this manner, we encourage them to contact us to get the justice they deserve.”
Some of the accused players have criminal records, including one who has been charged with battery involving serious bodily injury. Another faced theft charges and a third was charged with possession of marijuana; the charges in the latter cases were dropped as part of pretrial diversion programs.