Police investigating alleged rape of teen at Kansas dorm

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Posted: Jan 25, 2017 6:48 PM

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Campus police are investigating the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl at a University of Kansas dorm housing the men's basketball team, authorities said Wednesday.

No charges have been filed and police have not publicly identified any suspects. Five members of the nation's No. 2-ranked team are listed as witnesses on the police report. A KU athletics administrator and two 19-year-old women not listed as witnesses were also questioned, the report shows.

The alleged assault and other related crimes occurred sometime between 10 p.m. on Dec. 17 and 5 a.m. on Dec. 18 at McCarthy Hall, which houses team members and other students, police said. The Jayhawks played a game against Davidson in nearby Kansas City the night of Dec. 17. The incident was first reported by the Lawrence Journal-World.

Jim Marchiony, associate athletic director for external relations, declined comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

The girl, who reported no physical injury, is not a university student and was visiting residents in the building, campus police said in a brief news release.

"There is no on-going risk to campus," police said.

In addition to the rape allegation, the police report describes other possible related offenses such as contributing to a child's misconduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia. A second and apparently related police report at the same location and on the same day and time involved a runaway.

Police said in their release that the athletics department is cooperating and has assisted investigators.

Kansas (18-2) lost to No. 18 West Virginia 85-69 on Tuesday night. It plays next at No. 4 Kentucky on Saturday.

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