Prosecutors will not charge Timbers player accused of rape
PORTLAND, Ore. - A Portland Timbers soccer player who was detained and questioned about a possible sexual assault in a Kansas City, Missouri will not face criminal charges, prosecutors said.
The player was questioned by police when a woman claimed he raped her in a hotel room after meeting in a bar. KATU is not naming him because he was not charged with a crime.
The alleged incident happened in April while the Timbers were in town for a match.
While the player was not formally charged at the time, prosecutors did continue to investigate the case. On Thursday a spokesman for the Jackson County, Missouri district attorney said the DA decided to not press charges.
Prosecutors did not find sufficient evidence to prove the sexual encounter was forced or that the woman did not consent, according to spokesman Mike Mansour.
According to Mansour the case is now officially closed.