Report: No indictment in sex assault case of ex-PC players Austin, Bullock
The case dates back to last November. Neither players are part of the program anymore.
Former Providence and Oregon basketball player Brandon Austin will not face charges of sexual assault that were brought against him and a teammate while both were attending PC last fall.
The news comes by way of a report from the Providence Journal.
A Rhode Island grand jury said it could not bring about charges toward Austin and former PC player Rodney Bullock on account of lack of evidence in the case. The story went public in March, just prior to Providence's appearance in the NCAA Tournament, but Austin left PC last November. This came shortly after the alleged incident took place.
Via the Providence Journal:
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office issued this statement Wednesday on the case:
"The investigation into allegations of sexual assault by Rodney Bullock and Brandon Austin has concluded. The allegations concerned an incident which allegedly occurred on November 3, 2013, in Providence. The investigation was presented to a Statewide Grand Jury. The Grand Jury determined there was insufficient evidence to bring any charges against Rodney Bullock. After presentation of the evidence to the Grand Jury with respect to Brandon Austin, it was determined there was legally insufficient evidence to ask the Grand Jury to consider charges against Austin.
"The Office of Attorney General cannot release further details surrounding the Grand Jury as disclosure is prohibited by law.”
Austin and Bullock were suspended for the season by Providence in November after a review by the school deemed sufficient evidence in the case warranted such a discipline.
Austin ultimately decided to transfer to Oregon. In May, Austin and two other Oregon players -- Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis -- were named in an alleged rape case that also was unable to be pushed through court on account of insufficient evidence.
Austin, Artis and Dotson have since been banned from the school until, minimally, the alleged victim in that case graduates from Oregon.
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