No charges will be filed in connection with an allegation that a woman was raped at a Lincoln home shared by three University of Nebraska football players.
Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong said an investigation began after a 20-year-old woman alleged during a visit to Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln that she had been raped during the early morning hours of November 15th.
“We have completed our investigation into this matter and no arrests will be made in regards to this,” Peschong told reporters during a news conference at the Lincoln Police Department.
Authorities acknowledged something happened at the home shared by Husker quarterback Tommy Armstrong, receiver Jordan Westerkamp, and tight end Trey Foster. But they add there isn’t enough evidence to file charges.
“We will not be filing charges with regard to this investigation,” Lancaster County Prosecutor Joe Kelly. “Filing it would require proof beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime had occurred. That simply is not there.”
Authorities say six people were at the residence that evening. All were interviewed. No names are being released.
“The decision is simply an evaluation that we make when we compare the facts as we know them with the elements that we would have to prove in front of a jury beyond a reasonable doubt,” according to Kelly. “That simply is not there and, ethically, I cannot move forward.”
The University of Nebraska Athletics Department issued the following statement:
“We are aware of this morning’s announcement by the Lincoln Police Department and the Lancaster County Attorney. There is no change in the status of any student-athletes. We will continue to follow University policies.”
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.
AUDIO: Lincoln Police Dept. news conference on rape allegation. [15 minutes]