Police: No Evidence To Support UVA Gang Rape, But Case Remains Open

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Charlottesville, Va. police said Monday that an investigation into an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity remains open, although they’ve found no evidence to support the account of the incident as it was described in a disputed Rolling Stone story.

A November article in the magazine, “A Rape on Campus,” described a horrific gang rape a UVA student identified only as “Jackie” said she experienced at the school’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. UVA President Teresa Sullivan asked the Charlottesville Police Department to open an investigation into the alleged incident after the article was published.

“Unfortunately, we’re not able to conclude to any substantive degree that an incident that is consistent with the facts contained in that article occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house, or any other fraternity house for that matter,” Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said in a news conference.

“That doesn’t mean that something terrible didn’t happen to Jackie on the evening of Sept. 28, 2012,” he added. “We are just not able to gather sufficient facts to conclude what that something may have been.”

Longo said that the case was “not closed by any stretch of the imagination.” Instead, he described the investigation as “suspended” until police are able to gather more information or another person comes forward with information related to the case.

Jackie declined to give a statement to police for their investigation through her attorney, Longo said.

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