FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Three University of Arkansas
basketball players are under investigation after an alleged rape at
a campus fraternity house, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Deputy prosecuting attorney Dustin Roberts told Rogers
television station KHOG that charges could be filed as early as
Wednesday afternoon. Roberts did not name the players and did not
return a call from The Associated Press.
University police Lt. Gary Crane told the AP that a female
student filed a complaint claiming she was raped on Aug. 27 at the
Phi Gamma Delta house. Crane said the alleged attack happened
between 1:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. at the house, which is a block away
from Bud Walton Arena where the basketball team plays.
It was "an acquaintance-type situation" that involved alcohol,
Crane said. The campus police agency declined to file charges after
its own investigation.
"The University of Arkansas Police Department did not feel at
the time that there was probable cause to make an arrest, and it
was sent to the prosecutor's office for essentially a warrant
review to see if there's enough evidence that we believe sufficient
to issue a warrant," Roberts told KHOG.
Crane declined to identify those under investigation.
A spokesman at Phi Gamma Delta's national headquarters in
Lexington, Ky., did not immediately return a call for comment.
University spokesman Steve Voorhies referred questions to the
athletic department. Athletic director Jeff Long said the
department was aware of an investigation and that its players had
cooperated fully with police and prosecutors. It did not specify
which sport was involved.
"We will not speculate on any allegations," Long said in a
statement. "We will wait for the prosecutor's office to assess the
case and determine how the matter should proceed."
The Razorbacks' basketball team has had its share of
off-the-court issues. Coach John Pelphrey has disciplined players
several times in his two seasons as coach, including at the end of
last season when he suspended Jason Henry days before the
Southeastern Conference tournament for an unspecified violation of
team rules. Henry is no longer with the team.
After leaving Arkansas in August 2008, guard Patrick Beverley
said somebody wrote a paper for him while he was with the
Razorbacks. Earlier this year, the program was put on notice by the
NCAA about its low academic-progress rate.
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