Prosecutors Won’t Charge UW Player With Sexual Assault (Updated)

Sources tell us that King County Prosecutors have decided not to file sexual assault charges against a UW basketball player, who became the focus of an SPD investigation last month after a 16-year-old girl accused him of raping her at a Central District apartment.

The girl told police she and a female friend met the player on Facebook and eventually met up with him at a McDonalds.  The group then went to a liquor store, and then to an apartment near Garfield High School.

The girl told police that inside the apartment, the player sexually assaulted her.

The University of Washington did not suspend the player while police investigated the girl’s allegations.

We’re working to get more details from the prosecutor’s office and we’ll update as soon as we do.

Update—The King County Prosecutor’s office issued a statement on their decision:

After completing a thorough investigation into an allegation that a University of Washington Husky basketball player sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl, the Seattle Police Department referred the matter to the King County Prosecutor’s Office after concluding that there was insufficient evidence to support criminal charges. The King County Prosecutor’s Office has conducted its own review and has reached the same conclusion. 

The Prosecutor’s Office does not typically name the parties involved in a case that is declined for filing. 

The decision to decline to file felony charges is based on the review of witness statements taken by Seattle Police, including statements from a 16-year old friend of the complaining witness, and two other men who were present in the basketball player’s apartment.  Witnesses describe how the young women contacted the basketball player through Facebook, then later in person.  The basketball player met the young women downtown, and then allegedly purchased liquor for them on the way to his apartment.  After the young women consumed the liquor, witnesses describe consensual sexual contact. 

The young woman involved is 16-years-old and, under Washington State law, is legally capable of consenting to have sexual contact. A charge of Rape in the Third Degree requires proof that a victim clearly expresses a lack of consent by words or conduct. Evidence does not exist in this case to support a charge of Rape in the Third Degree. Therefore, no criminal charges will be filed.

The case has been referred to the Seattle City Attorney’s Office for consideration of the filing of misdemeanor charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor.