Investigation outlines key events of alleged UVa gang rape

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Posted: Mar 24, 2015 4:40 AM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The investigation of an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house discovered no evidence of the attack. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo detailed the probe at a news conference Monday. Here are some key events:

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MAY 20, 2013

Dean Nicole Eramo learns of sexual-assault allegation from a student identified only as "Jackie." The student had been referred to the dean because of poor grades. Jackie said she went to a party at an unknown fraternity and was sexually assaulted.

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APRIL 21, 2014

Jackie meets with Eramo and says she was struck in the face by a glass bottle on April 6. Jackie says her roommate at the time, a nursing student, helped her remove glass from her face. When interviewed by investigators, the roommate denied this and described Jackie's injury as a bruise consistent with having fallen.

According to Jackie, she also called her mother around the time of the attack. Phone records reviewed by investigators didn't show that she made such a call.

During this meeting with the dean, Jackie says for the first time she was sexually assaulted at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. She told the dean she wanted to remain anonymous.

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APRIL 22, 2014

A Charlottesville police officer, Eramo and a university police officer meet with Jackie. She tells police about being hit with an object by four men who had been following her. Jackie shows police a photo of the injury taken a few days after she was allegedly struck. The officer notices swelling above the right eye and a bruise on the upper cheek, but nothing consistent with being struck by a blunt object.

Jackie also tells the officer about the alleged sexual assault but said she doesn't want an investigation, fearing retaliation by the fraternity.

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MAY 1, 2014

Detective Jake Via meets with Jackie, who said she doesn't want to proceed with an investigation for the alleged physical assault or the sexual assault. The detective told her the allegations would be fully investigated if she changed her mind.

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NOV. 19, 2014

Rolling Stone publishes "A rape on campus" article, depicting in graphic detail Jackie's story. University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan requests an investigation by Charlottesville Police Department.

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NOV. 20, 2014

Detective Via and Jackie agree to meet after Thanksgiving break.

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DEC. 2, 2014

Jackie comes to the police department with a dean and an attorney, and declines to provide a statement or answer any questions. Since then, there were numerous attempts to gain her cooperation and Jackie has provided no information whatsoever, police said.

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DEC. 5, 2014

Rolling Stone prints an apology, saying that "in the face of new information" turned up by reports from other news outlets, "there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie's account."

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JAN. 12, 2015

Police said they were unable to confirm that an alleged gang rape occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house, and the school announced that it reinstated the group and its activities.

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MARCH 23, 2015

Police suspend the investigation into the alleged attack, saying "the department's investigation cannot rule out that something may have happened to 'Jackie' somewhere and at some time on the evening of Sept. 28, 2012. Yet, without additional evidence we are simply unable to reach a definitive conclusion."