Nebraska Football Players Will Not Face Charges from Reported Sexual Assault

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2015

A large Nebraska flag is run across the field before an NCAA college football game between Nebraska and South Alabama in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Nebraska won 48-9. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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No charges will be filed in an investigation into an alleged sexual assault that took place at the home of Nebraska football players, Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly announced Wednesday.

According to Nichole Manna of the Lincoln Star Journal, police concluded their investigation Tuesday after more than a week of interviews with witnesses. An unnamed 20-year-old woman claims to have been assaulted at the home of Nebraska players Tommy Armstrong Jr., Jordan Westerkamp and Trey Foster during a party.

The person who allegedly committed the assault has also not been identified. It is unclear whether he was related to the football team in any way.

"I believe the victim," Police Chief Jim Peschong said, but “we do not believe we have the elements of a crime.”

Armstrong, Westerkamp and Foster have continued to play and practice during the investigation. A university statement released Wednesday indicated the student-athletes would not be punished. 

“We are aware of this morning’s announcement by the Lincoln Police Department and the Lancaster County Attorney," the statement read. "There is no change in the status of any student-athletes. We will continue to follow university policies.”

Armstrong, the Huskers' starting quarterback, has publicly claimed the encounter was consensual. 

"I don't know why that person said that," Armstrong said of the accuser, per the Omaha World-Herald (h/t ESPN.com). "We're confused about the whole situation. From what we're hearing, everything was consensual."

It is possible Nebraska's compliance office looks into the situation and opens a Title IX case. However, from a legal perspective, it appears the Huskers players are in the clear.

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