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UPDATE: Grand Jury Declines to Issue Indictment in Alleged Rape Case

By: The Associated Press, James Sparvero Email
By: The Associated Press, James Sparvero Email
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UPDATE 10/28/2013 5:10 PM

An Athens County Grand Jury declines to issue an indictment in an alleged rape case, saying no crime was committed.

The incident received national attention after it was video recorded and uploaded to the web by passersby at Ohio University.

The videos show explicit sexual acts between two 20-year-old students outside of a Chase Bank during homecoming weekend.

The woman later filed a rape case with Athens Police.

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UPDATE 10/18/2013 3:40 PM

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - The county prosecutor says he'll meet with police investigators on Monday to talk about whether charges should be filed in an alleged rape near Ohio University last weekend.

The incident early Sunday on an Athens street gained international attention when video and photos taken by witnesses were widely circulated via social media.

Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn says investigators have identified the man and woman involved. Blackburn is meeting with police to discuss the evidence and says it could go to the grand jury for consideration on Oct. 28.

Explicit photos of the incident were tweeted and quickly reposted across the Internet. Later the woman contacted police and reported she was a victim of a sexual assault.

Police are examining photos posted to social media as part of the investigation.

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UPDATE 10/17/2013 2:40 PM

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio University says it is conducting its own investigation into an alleged rape near campus that gained international attention when photos taken by witnesses exploded on the Internet.

Ohio University said in a statement Thursday that its investigation is "supportive" of the probe being conducted by the city police department.

Police say they are examining photos taken and posted to social media as part of the investigation. The alleged assault occurred early Sunday on a street in the city center near campus.

Explicit photos were tweeted and quickly re-posted across the Internet. Later the woman contacted police and reported that she was a victim of a sexual assault.

The university said also that it is supporting and providing resources to the alleged victim.

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ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Athens' police chief says photos taken of an alleged rape last week may seem despicable to the average person but are also helping police in their investigation.

The photos are being examined in connection with a rape report filed by an Ohio University student Sunday.

An Athens police rape report says the female student reported unconsenting sexual conduct with a man on a street near campus between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday.

Athens Police Chief Tim Pyle says the photos and a video posted that night are equal parts offensive and essential to the investigation.

Ohio University said in a statement it is supporting the investigation and providing support to the student who made the report.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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