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Charlottesville Police Find No Evidence in U-Va. Sexual Assault Case

An exterior view of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia, in Charlottsville, Va., the site of an alleged sexual assault of a student revealed in a Rolling Stone article published Wednesday. (AP/Ryan M. Kelly, The Daily Progress)
An exterior view of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia, in Charlottsville, Va., the site of an alleged sexual assault of a student revealed in a Rolling Stone article published Wednesday. (AP/Ryan M. Kelly, The Daily Progress)

 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. (The Washington Post) — Police here say they have found no evidence to support claims in a Rolling Stone article that a University of Virginia student was gang raped at a campus fraternity in September 2012, noting that months of investigation led detectives to discredit several claims about the alleged assault.

Police Chief Timothy J. Longo on Monday afternoon said the police department had multiple meetings with “Jackie” — the woman who claimed she was gang raped at a fraternity party — and that she declined to speak about the alleged incident or provide any information about it. Numerous lines of inquiry yielded evidence that the fraternity did not have a party the night of the alleged attack, and police were unable to find anyone matching the description of the alleged attacker.

“We’re not able to conclude to any substantive degree that an incident occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house or any other fraternity house, for that matter,” Longo said at a news conference. “That doesn’t mean something terrible didn’t happen to Jackie … we’re just not able to gather sufficient facts to determine what that is.”

The announcement came after a five-month investigation spurred by allegations of a brutal fraternity house gang-rape described in a 9,000-word magazine account that went viral online in November. The Rolling Stone report unraveled under scrutiny, as the accuser’s version of events was publicly challenged by her friends, members of the fraternity and sexual assault advocates on campus. After Washington Post reports revealed flaws in the account, Rolling Stone’s editors backed away from it.

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