Norman, OK – Police have determined that a woman who accused a University of Oklahoma (OU) football player of rape apparently did so because he didn’t reply to her messages, according to The Blaze.
Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson will not face charges on the accusations made earlier in November.
Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn and his first assistant, Susan Caswell, announced the decision at a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 14, after police determined that the victim lied because the football player refused to answer her text messages, according to The Oklahoman.
Their decision was based on the difference between what the victim told friends and what she told police, and text messages she sent to Anderson where she said she had fun and hoped to see him again.
“It’s important to know the whole facts. Definitely, charges are not warranted under the circumstances,” Mashburn said.
The prosecutors stopped short of saying the victim lied to police, but did confirm that the first time she made the rape allegation was when she was talking to a former boyfriend about getting back together.
“She may well believe that this incident went further than what she wanted it to go. But, one, she never communicated that to Mr. Anderson. … No. 2, there’s certainly evidence … that she was happy with what had gone on, according to what she was telling friends the week after,” Mashburn said.
The allegation was revealed in the victim’s petition for a protective order, which stated she had been raped by Anderson, and feared for her safety, according to USA Today.
Anderson is the leading rusher for the Oklahoma this season, and is scheduled to play against the Georgia Bulldogs in the upcoming Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
“He’s still fully on the team,” according to OU coach Lincoln Riley, who said he had let Anderson know “we’re there for you.”
Police said that the victim, a former OU student, reported on Dec. 4 that Anderson had raped her at her apartment.
The victim, who is 23, claimed the rape occurred on Nov. 16 after they met at a bar and he took her home.
She told police that she had been drinking shots that night, and was intoxicated. The victim said that all she could remember was that she and Anderson had kissed, and that she had vomited.
It wasn’t until two weeks later that the victim claimed that she remembered that Anderson had raped her with his fingers and bit her, according to The Oklahoman.
Prosecutors said at the press conference that a long-time friend of the victim had talked to police about a conversation she had with the victim the next day about her sexual activity with Anderson.
“She described the sexual activity in the living room and the bedroom and stated she hoped they would get together again. She … stated that she wished she had actually had sex with Mr. Anderson but she thought he was just being a nice guy,” Caswell said.
The friend called police after talking with her parents first.
“Police were able to view some of the … messages that were on the friend’s phone and confirm that the friend had accurately portrayed the content,” Caswell said.
Two other friends of the victim talked to police and told them that the victim said she had a good time with Anderson and was hoping for a relationship.
They also said that the victim had bragged about being in a relationship with the popular football player, and had indicated that she had sexual intercourse with him.
Anderson denied the allegations and said that he didn’t force himself on the woman.
He consented to take a three-hour polygraph test given by a retired FBI polygraph examiner, and passed.
Anderson’s attorney, Derek Chance, said that the victim only went to the police after Anderson had rejected several social invitations from her, according to USA Today.
“Mr. Anderson and his family are very much looking forward to a final resolution so that they can put this matter behind them and Mr. Anderson can focus on his obligations as a student-athlete,” Chance said.
He said the prosecutors’ decision shows the Sooners’ standout is innocent of the allegations.