Posted by Tom Fornelli
On Thursday night, after a second article appeared in the Chicago Tribune about the alleged sexual assault of St. Mary's student Elizabeth Seeberg by a Notre Dame football player, the prosecutor tasked with handling the case said that his office will not pursue criminal charges against the player. Michael Dvorak, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor, said that due to evidence and the fact that statements by Seeberg would probably not be admissible in court, there just wasn't much of a case to pursue.
The parents of Elizabeth Seeberg, who committed suicide two weeks after the alleged attack, expressed their frustrations to the Chicago Tribune on Thursday with the way that Notre Dame had handled their daughter's complaint against the player. According to an email the school sent out to faculty, staff and students in response to the story, Notre Dame said that privacy laws keep the school from discussing specific disciplinary cases.
According to Dvorak, Seeberg filed complaints against two Notre Dame students. One was the football player who she alleged touched her breasts, and the other was against the player's friend whom she alleged sent her a text message warning her about messing with the Notre Dame football team.
"Conflicts exist among the witnesses' accounts of the events given to the police. Subpoenaed cell phone records are inconsistent with parts of the complaint itself," said Dvorak.
Notre Dame plays against Miami on New Year's Eve in the Sun Bowl.