No charges against 2 Providence College players - CBS46 News

No charges against 2 Providence College players

Posted: Updated:
  • NationalMore>>

  • Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids

    Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids

    Saturday, July 26 2014 2:02 AM EDT2014-07-26 06:02:47 GMT
    Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit at a Philadelphia street corner, killing three kids and seriously injuring two women.More >
    Police were searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit to raise money for their church, killing three kids and critically injuring their mother and the...More >
  • Ohio State under shadow again, this time with band

    Ohio State under shadow again, this time with band

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:45 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:45:52 GMT
    The Ohio State marching band is moving forward without its director; a day after he was fired they're performing with the Columbus Symphony in what's often considered the band's unofficial season kickoff.More >
    Having forced out a beloved football coach and watched its president retire after a series of verbal gaffes, Ohio State University again finds itself grabbing headlines with the firing of a celebrated marching band...More >
  • Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kansas

    Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kansas

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:56:40 GMT
    Police have arrested the foster parent of a 10-month-old girl who died after being left inside a hot car in Wichita, Kansas.More >
    A 10-month-old Kansas girl died after being strapped for more than two hours inside a sweltering car, and police arrested a foster parent who said he'd forgotten about her until something on TV jogged his memory, an...More >
By MICHELLE R. SMITH
Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - An investigation into an alleged sexual assault by two Providence College basketball players has concluded with no charges, the Rhode Island attorney general's office said Wednesday.

The office said it presented the investigation to a statewide grand jury, which determined there was insufficient evidence to charge Rodney Bullock. The office said it then determined there was insufficient evidence to ask the grand jury to consider charges against Brandon Austin.

The freshmen were accused of sexually assaulting another student on Nov. 3. Three days later, coach Ed Cooley suspended them from playing in games shortly before the season began for "not upholding their responsibilities as student-athletes." After a review, the school decided to keep them out for the rest of the season.

The woman complained to the Providence Police Department about the alleged assault in March. Authorities have not released her name.

Austin later left Providence College and enrolled at Oregon, where he was also accused of rape. Authorities there declined to prosecute, saying there wasn't enough evidence. In June, he was suspended as a student from the school for a minimum of four years, and up to 10 years.

Austin's lawyer, Laura Fine Moro, called it an exoneration and said her client would start at a community college in Kansas, where he will play basketball.

"The presumption of innocence gets thrown aside in these kinds of cases," she said. "He's a brilliant, gifted athlete, and it's nice to get this behind him so he can concentrate on going to school and playing ball."

Bullock's lawyer, Bill Lynch, said the incident has now been investigated exhaustively by the college, police and a grand jury, "all of whom have agreed."

"We're glad that this in now over once and for all, and he can put it behind him and just concentrate on being a student and an athlete at Providence College," Lynch said. "He looks forward to continuing to be a good member of the PC community, both the school and the basketball team. He never, ever wavered from that."

College spokesman Steven Maurano said the school would not comment.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
CBS Atlanta
Powered by WorldNow
All content © 2000-2014 WorldNow and WGCL-TV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.