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No charges in UNL professor rape case

No charges in UNL professor rape case

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Prosecutors have decided not to charge a former university professor accused of raping a 21-year-old last year.

The lead detective met with prosecutors in the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office last month after digging into accusations that a University of Nebraska-Lincoln assistant professor sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman in May 2014, Officer Katie Flood said.

Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly said prosecutors decided they didn’t have enough evidence to charge the former professor, who taught in the Glenn Korff School of Music.

“There is not sufficient evidence to prove a criminal case beyond a reasonable doubt,” Kelly said Wednesday in an email.

On May 8, 2014, officers met with the woman at the Bryan West Campus emergency room, and she told them she’d been raped in an apartment near the Capitol about 13 hours earlier, according to a police incident report.

The woman told police she knew the suspect.

In September, the Journal Star learned the suspect, who is in his late 30s, was a faculty member in the Glenn Korff School of Music. The newspaper generally doesn't identify suspects of criminal investigations until they’re arrested or charged.

The man left his job at UNL on Sept. 23 and is not employed by the university, spokesman Steve Smith said.

At UNL, the Title IX office investigates reports of sexual misconduct to see if university policy has been violated. Deputy director Arturo Perez declined to talk about specific cases but did say the university’s investigators don’t need to meet the same burden police and prosecutors do. Instead, they need to show that there’s a preponderance of evidence that someone engaged in sexual misconduct, which Perez described as 50 percent “plus the weight of a feather.”

In October, federal Title IX investigators launched their own investigation into how UNL handled the rape allegation. The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is examining whether the university failed to "promptly and equitably respond” to the 21-year-old’s rape allegation.

UNL officials have denied they did anything wrong, saying they launched their own investigation two days after learning about the incident.

On Wednesday, Smith said the federal investigators haven’t reached a decision but are still looking into what happened.

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