District attorney not filing charges in alleged rape case at KU basketball dorm

McCarthy Hall, next to Allen Fieldhouse, is the dormitory where KU’s basketball players live, along with some other students. The residence is for men only. In December 2016, a report was made of a rape involving a 16-year-old female victim. It was learned Friday the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office will not file sex assault charges in the case. (2016 file photo/The Capital-Journal)

LAWRENCE — The local prosecutor does not plan to file sexual assault charges over a report that a 16-year-old girl was raped in December 2016 in the dorm housing the Kansas men’s basketball team.

 

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson’s office said Friday in a statement that it does not have enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a sexual assault occurred.

The statement also said the investigation did not identify a suspect.

Branson said his office still may file misdemeanor, alcohol-related charges.

The university police report from the incident said rape, contributing to a child’s misconduct and furnishing alcohol to a minor were reported and alleged to have occurred at the dorm.

Five players were listed as witnesses, though police have said that did not necessarily mean they were eyewitnesses.

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