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. ...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.
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.
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."