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Former Wake players accused in '09 sexual assault

Posted on: May 17, 2011 5:19 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2011 5:24 pm
 
Posted by Matt Norlander

A former Wake Forest student is determined to tell her story of alleged sexual assault. The student claims the incident was a collaborated effort from two Demon Deacon basketball players on March 19, 2009, the night before Wake Forest lost to Cleveland State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

No charges were filed; a lack of physical evidence was determined to be the reason. The players involved in the incident claim it was a consensual act, according to the report with Miami Police, which was filed nearly two months after the incident occurred.

A story Tuesday afternoon from the Winston-Salem Journal identifies former Demon Deacon Gary Clark (right) as the player who committed sexual assault inside a hotel room, while the other, Jeff Teague, watched and kept guard outside the room, according to the victim. Teague currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks. The assault, according to the police report, consisted of the victim unwillingly performing oral sex on Clark.
The student returned to North Carolina and didn’t tell anyone until two days later. She told a friend, who insisted she report it to Wake Forest campus police. Detective James Rae of the Wake Forest Campus Police did an investigation and forwarded statements he got from Teague, Clark and another man to the Miami Police Department, the report said. ...

After the investigation was completed, the police consulted with prosecutor Laura Adams in June 2009. Adams eventually decided against filing criminal charges because there was no physical evidence and corroborating witnesses, the student didn’t report the allegations immediately to police, and Clark denied the allegations, according to the police report.

“In light of the above facts and circumstances, the State would not be able to satisfy its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” the police report said.

CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish confirmed early Tuesday the details of the Winston-Salem Journal report. This has become news due to the fact the victim is set to go on NBC's "Today Show" Thursday and tell her story, speaking on behalf of the National Coalition of Against Violent Athletes. 

The alleged incident and the saga it has created more than two years later has caught the attention of Wake Forest president Nathan Hatch, who responded to the allegations in a letter.

"Regarding this matter, I must emphasize that Federal law (FERPA) prevents the University from discussing specifics of this or any other student case," Hatch's letter reads. "I can assure you the University takes these issues seriously, has a well-established Code of Conduct and has procedures for hearing alleged violations of that Code of Conduct. In addition, Wake Forest offers significant resources to support our students in times of need. Fostering a positive and respectful living and learning environment is of paramount importance at Wake Forest University. As part of our Pro Humanitate mission we strive to treat all of our students with integrity and compassion. Rest assured that the University is taking appropriate action to respond to this matter."

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Comments

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:53 pm
 

Former Wake players accused in '09 sexual assault

I think we've seen this before, a young lady goes up to an athelete's room at some strange hour of the night, then hours, days, weeks later says I had no idea what was on his mind and I thought we were only going to talk, maybe get an autograph for my dad he's a big BB, boxing, football, sports fan.

BS is exactly what it is BS, first of all she picked him up, she allowed him to talk to her in that manner, she volunteered to follow him to the room, she opened her mouth and did what she did, the trouble starts when she thought she was gjoing to get more than she got for her sexual act and all she got was done.

Now its time for her 15M of fame and if she can find some bleeding heart and a sniper of a lawyer maybe some money.  Talk shows will eat this up, the University to keep its name out of the negative press will settle behind closed doors and the young lady would have accomlished what she set out to do in the first place get paid.  Atheletes who have some promise are going to run into this type of situation every day of the week.  We have to learn to not put ourselves in this type of situation by doing a few things like:  1.  Know who you are boneing 2. Deal with those people you really know. 3. Get a professional, and stuff like this will happen a lot less.

The University should not give this person one penny, no charges were filed and the calendar says May 2011 not March 09.    



Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Former Wake players accused in '09 sexual assault

All this hoopla over just a B J ? A B J? Gimme a break. Personally, I don't see how someone would force a woman into doing that....I'd be worried that she might bite the damn thing OFF! If there was forced intercourse, then the players need to go to jail. Just a B J? Heck, we had a President recently who did that Laughing



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Former Wake players accused in '09 sexual assault

In her orginal statement filed with Maimi Police, she state she met up with them, they talked about oral sex, she volunteerily went upstairs with them, they asked her again about performing oral sex.  She stated she did it, but only because she "felt pressured".  Seems like a case of buyer's remorse.  She was not forced to do anything, she could have choosen not to up stairs with them, since she knew from the conversation out side what was on their mind.  When asked again inside, she could have said NO!!!  It is a shame that she is able to disparage the university and the guys in question, when the facts from her own admission contradictions the statements she made on the today's show.



Since: Apr 13, 2010
Posted on: May 19, 2011 8:59 am
 

Former Wake players accused in '09 sexual assault

Sadly, Wake Forest was just slandered on the Today Show for their actions in this case.  The incident occurred off campus.  There was no evidence and no witnesses.  The alledged victim waited weeks to report the incident.  The Miami DA, who has sole authority to prosecute, did not bring charges due to lack of evidence.  The University held a hearing and did not find the accused athlete guilty.  What should they have done Merredith Viera?



Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Former Wake players accused in '09 sexual assault

Its always the friend that says call the police when the girl who just got ganged banged feels bad about herself the next day.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Former Wake players accused in '09 sexual assault

Is it just a coincidence that Jeff Teague showed how well he can play recently and NOW she's coming forward? I think not.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Former Wake players accused in '09 sexual assault

ACC, last time I checked there was no eveidence that anything illegal happened... So if you mean typical because they get girls, then yes... That's probably correctly...  What are you some jealous, "never wise anything" guy who still hates the jock who stole his girlfriend?? LOL Give me a break and get off your high horse...

Not one bit of evidence(physical, sexual, etc)  and I find it hard(no pun intended) to understanding how you can force someone to give you oral sex... Unless of course there is a weapon involved... If there is no weapon involved there is an easy way of ending things if she doesn't want to do it... I know someone will get very upset with that statement but that's how I feel...



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Former Wake players accused in '09 sexual assault

Whoa, Whoa, Whoa!!! How did polotics get involved in this story? If you are a politician(Dem/Rep) that means you are an idiot, a crook, you probably cheat on your wife, and you damn sure dont need to be on cbssportsline talking sports with men and women who have lost jobs, cars, homes, ect. because of your neglegence and stupidity. Republicans Democrats....does not matter. They do not care about the US citizens. They do care about our money. With that said, if these guys really did this to this girl, they need to get the hell beat out of them on national television, primetime. For a week. Now poloticians, this is how you handle crime. Holla at me and I will give you some tax cut info too. Buffoons.



Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:16 am
 

Former Wake players accused in '09 sexual assault

A bleeding heart republican??  Never heard that phrase before.  I think you're a little confused.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:13 am
 

Former Wake players accused in '09 sexual assault

Anyone can say anything. There was insufficient evidence to bring this case forward, and the case was further weakened by the allgeged victim's hesitation in coming forward. In any other violent crime victims are urged to contact the police ASAP, however, in these sex crime cases the alleged victims get a free pass on expediency. Moreover the media also colludes in keeping the victim's name out of the paper. I figure if you're going to make such a strong claim on someone else you should have to stand behind it with your name. Policies for our feeble-minded times.


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