No charges in Providence College sex assault allegations

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The grand jury investigation into sexual assault allegations against two basketball players at Providence College has concluded without any charges being handed up, the attorney general’s office announced Wednesday.

A female student told police and school officials that Rodney Bullock and Brandon Austin raped her last fall. Both men were players for the school’s men’s basketball team at the time.

However this week, a statewide grand jury decided there was insufficient evidence to bring any charges against Bullock in the case. As for Austin, prosecutors determined there was legally insufficient evidence and, by law, could not ask the grand jury to consider charges against him.

According to a police report filed in March, the woman told police the alleged assault happened Nov. 3, 2013, and at that time the school launched its own investigation.

Though neither the school nor police named Bullock and Austin in the case, Eyewitness News reported last November that the players had been suspended from the team for “not upholding their responsibilities as student athletes.”

Austin ended up transferring to the University of Oregon, where he also was accused of sexual assault. According to the Associated Press, prosecutors declined to charge Austin, citing insufficient evidence. However, he was dismissed from the team and suspended from the school as a result of the allegations.

Eyewitness News reached out to Bullock’s attorney, Bill Lynch, who said “On behalf of Mr. Bullock, we are happy the matter has concluded. It has been our position from day one was that no criminal activity took place.” He added that Bullock is preparing for a new academic year at Providence College.

Austin’s attorney also released a statement.

“We appreciate that the AG’s office released a statement to clear the name of these two men who were falsely accused,” said Laura Fine Moro. “My client looks forward to putting this behind him, moving ahead with his education and playing ball.”

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