WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI/WISH) — Two female Purdue students claim four Purdue football players sexually assaulted them. Now, a law firm has stepped in and requested the players be expelled from the university. However, the players will not face any criminal charges after a review of the evidence.
The parents of one of the accusers is urging the university to move forward with expelling all four students involved. Their attorney, Mario Massillamany of Massillamany & Jeter LLP says he’d like Purdue to expedite its investigation as well as police and prosecutors to take a more in depth look at the evidence before making final decisions on how to proceed.
A police report says the women contacted players through social media, asking them to have a threesome. When they arrived at one of their homes, and after drinking and smoking marijuana the women admitted to having sex with multiple men, sharing and swapping partners according to the report.
The report alleges that at one point, one of the women repeatedly asked her partner to stop. He kept going, but eventually did stop the report says. The women allegedly told police that they had consented to most of the sexual activity. However, each felt they had been violated by one partner. The report says one woman admitted to police that she felt violated, however, she never asked the man to stop.
We spoke to one of the accusers parents, they didn’t want to be identified but said, “We have gone through it all, the personal details of it. We know what’s accurate and we know what’s inaccurate and that is highly inaccurate. I don’t want to get into anymore details. That’s my daughter you’re talking about.”
Massillamany added, “They did not have the capacity to consent. So, while these girls just laid there coming in and out of consciousness, they have told law enforcement. They have told other individuals that they didn’t have the capacity to consent.”
The women claim the incident happened on Oct. 13 at an off-campus house where the players lived according to a police report. The victims said they immediately reported the incident to school authorities and to the West Lafayette Police Department. Massillamany accused the players of providing alcohol to minors. He says that, coupled with their run-ins with the law should be enough to have them expelled according to the university’s code of conduct.
The law firm says at least one other student has come forward, claiming to have almost been a victim of similar actions by Purdue football players in the past. Massillamany encourages other victims to come forward.
“If there are others out there who have been victimized in this manner, we encourage them to contact us to get the justice they deserve,” he said.
Massillamany is asking university administrators to expedite expulsion proceedings against those involved.
“School officials must move quickly to hold these players accountable for their actions and show these victims that their voices are being heard,” Massillamany stated in a release. “Purdue and other schools have an obligation to send a message that this type of activity will not be tolerated.”
According to Massillamany & Jeter LLP, some of the accused players have criminal records. One has been charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury. A second player was previously charged with theft, and a third with possession of marijuana; both had their charges dismissed as part of a pre-trial diversion program.
The West Lafayette Police Department conducted a thorough investigation and reviewed the evidence. It was determined that no criminal charges would be filed.
Purdue has suspended the players from the football team. The players have still been allowed on campus to attend classes.
The university released this statement:
Purdue University takes very seriously all reports of sexual assault. The university acted immediately to initiate an investigation upon receiving allegations from two female Purdue students relating to an incident on October 13, 2016. That investigation is ongoing. The University has devoted extensive resources to support those students. The four accused students have been suspended from the Purdue football team, pending the outcome of the investigation. Under federal law, no further information can be released by Purdue with respect to the accused students at this time.”