Three UO basketball players at center of rape investigation, won't be charged

EUGENE, Ore. - Three members of the University of Oregon men's basketball team are at the center of a rape case.

They're in hot water with the athletic department, but they aren't being charged as criminals.

University spokeswoman Julie Brown and Athletic Department spokesman Greg Walker both stopped short of telling KATU News that Brandon Austin, Damyean Dotson, and Dominic Artis are suspended; they would only say they are "not participating in basketball activities."

In a police report from the Eugene Police, a woman alleges she met Austin, Dotson, and Artis at a house party in early March. The report says the woman had been drinking; it doesn't say if the players had been.

The woman told police Austin, Dotson, and Artis led her to a bathroom in the house and raped her. She told police she repeatedly told them 'no'.

The report says the assault continued at Artis's apartment.

Artis and Dotson told police the sex was consensual.

Austin has retained an attorney. He was investigated for a similar sexual assault in Rhode Island before he moved to Oregon.

Dotson was cited in February for using a fake ID at a Eugene bar.

Artis was suspended for nine games last season for selling team-issued apparel.

According to the Oregonian, a report from the Lane County District Attorney names Dotson as a rape suspect, not the other two players. It also reports the DA won't file rape charges due to lack of evidence and conflicting reports, but that the DA said there is quote "no doubt the incidents occurred."

University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson released a statement about the police report:

"We are deeply concerned about information contained in the police report recently released by the Eugene Police Department. Federal laws that protect the privacy of all students preclude the university from commenting about students. However, the university takes allegations of misconduct very seriously. In addition, a full range of services and support are offered to students, including those required by Title IX and others beyond the requirements of Title IX. The university has established internal conduct processes for handling misconduct allegations. At this point, we ask that you please respect these processes and student privacy."

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