Details emerged Tuesday in an alleged 2009 sexual assault of a former Wake Forest student by members of the men’s basketball team, including the players’ names and details of the indecent.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports that former players Gary Clark and Jeff Teague will be the focus of a woman’s appearance Thursday on the Today Show in which she’ll talk about the allegation. The story indicates Clark sexually assaulted her in a Miami hotel bathroom while Teague stood outside the door.
However, no charges were filed, the report said, because of a lack of physical evidence, the woman’s report was delayed and the players claimed the act was consensual.
School president Nathan Hatch issued a statement regarding the allegations earlier Tuesday.
Contrary to an earlier report, the incident took place on March 21, the day after the Demon Deacons lost to Cleveland State in the NCAA tournament. According to the report, the accuser was heading to her hotel room when she saw Teague sitting in the hotel hallway. They talked, Clark joined them, and the two players then asked her questions about performing oral sex, the report said.
Teague asked her if she wanted to go to his hotel room with them, and they did, the report said. Clark and the student went into the bathroom, and Teague closed the door and stayed outside, the report said.
The student said that Clark dropped his pants and asked her to touch his penis. She refused, then Clark asked her to perform oral sex on him, the report said. The student told investigators that she did perform oral sex on Clark because she felt she had no choice, according to the report.
Afterward, Teague walked her back to her hotel room and asked her what happened. When she told him, Teague hugged her, kissed her on the neck and left.
The student returned to North Carolina and didn’t tell anyone until two days later. She told a friend, who insisted she report it to Wake Forest campus police. Detective James Rae of the Wake Forest Campus Police did an investigation and forwarded statements he got from Teague, Clark and another man to the Miami Police Department, the report said.
In May 2009, the student filed a complaint with the Miami Police Department about the alleged sexual assault. Clark gave a statement to police saying that the oral sex was consensual.
Police and Miami prosecutor Laura Adams consulted in June 2009 and eventually decided against filing charges, claiming the “State would not be able to satisfy its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Clark continued at the school and was a team captain in 2010-11. Teague now plays for the Atlanta Hawks.
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