Local police said Thursday there is no evidence the 15-year-old girl who was pepper-sprayed in the face after accusing a man of groping her outside a Wisconsin Donald Trump event was sexually assaulted.
After interviews with witnesses and reviewing videos of the incident, Janesville police said in a news conference they did not find evidence of a sexual assault, but are still looking for the suspect who pepper-sprayed the teen.
Police said the 15-year-old did punch a 59-year-old man in the face just moments before she was pepper-sprayed, though. The teen has been referred to juvenile authorities on disorderly conduct charges but the man is not pressing charges himself, Janesville Police Chief David Moore said.
Videos of the incident, which show the 15-year-old in a verbal confrontation with an older white man before she’s pepper-sprayed in the face, quickly spread online on Tuesday.