Four Purdue football players were accused Wednesday of sexual assault by two students at the university and have been suspended by the team.
Associate Athletics Communications Director Matt Rector released a statement on Wednesday:
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Per a news release from Massillamany & Jeter LLP, the law firm representing the two students (via Joseph Paul of the Journal & Courier), the alleged assault occurred off-campus on Oct. 13.
West Lafayette police Capt. David Van Vactor said all four football players were cooperative when police interviewed them.
As part of the law firm's release, attorney Mario Massillamany issued a brief statement: "School officials must move quickly to hold these players accountable for their actions and show these victims that their voices are being heard."
Ron Wilkins of the Journal & Courier cited a Purdue Emergency tweet on Oct. 13 stating West Lafayette police were investigating a reported sexual assault, and police confirmed the investigation at that time.
Per Alexandra Kruczek of WLFI 18 in Lafayette, Indiana, the football players are also "accused of contributing alcohol to minors and maintaining a common nuisance." They have been suspended from the football team but are allowed to attend classes on campus.
The names of the four football players being investigated were not made available. The Tippecanoe County Prosecutor's Office has been forwarded the case.