No criminal charges for two former Providence players
JUL 16, 2014 12:52p ET
No criminal charges will be filed in the wake of an alleged 2013 sexual assault involving two Providence College basketball players.
Laura Fine Moro, an attorney for one of the players, Brandon Austin, told FOX Sports a grand jury heard evidence and decided not to indict either him or a former teammate.
Providence police Maj. David Lapatin confirmed Wednesday that the grand jury had declined to issue an indictment. The case will be closed once the grand jury completes paperwork -- but could be reopened, he said, if new evidence comes to light.
Austin later transferred to the University of Oregon, where he and two other players were the subject of a separate sexual assault investigation. Although no criminal charges were filed in that case, Austin, Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson were all kicked off the team in May and ultimately banned from campus for at least four years -- and as many as 10.
In that case, a woman alleged that the three sexually assaulted her. The length of their ban from campus will be extended if she is still a student at Oregon after four years.
In the Rhode Island case, Austin and a then-teammate were accused of a sexual assault last November. The incident was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Following that allegation, Austin transferred to Oregon, where he was expected to be eligible to play this coming December.
While the Providence investigation was still ongoing, a woman told Eugene police that after drinking she was raped by the three players.
Prosecutors, however, concluded that there was insufficient evidence to file criminal charges, in part because the woman acknowledged that she had trouble remembering some of the events clearly.
The three players contended that the encounter was consensual, according to a Eugene Police Department report of the incident.
A school code-of-conduct investigation ended with a finding that the three violated university rules, leading to their dismissal from school and their ban from campus.