Prosecutors Won't Try Notre Dame Rape Case
Because Lizzy Seeberg's suicide makes report inadmissible
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 17, 2010 1:27 PM CST
A member of Notre Dame Fighting Irish holds up his helmet in this file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A county prosecutor has decided not to bring charges in response to allegations that a University of Notre Dame football player sexually assaulted freshman Elizabeth “Lizzy” Seeberg—in part because Seeberg killed herself, making her statements to campus police inadmissible in court. Neither the player accused of the assault nor his friend, who sent Seeberg an ominous text message, will be charged, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Seeberg reported the incident to campus police on Sept. 1, one day after the alleged attack. The next day, a friend of the player she accused texted her. “Don’t do anything you would regret,” he said. “Messing with notre dame football is a bad idea.” Eight days later, Seeberg, a student at the neighboring St. Mary's College, killed herself. Prosecutors say the text didn’t amount to criminal harassment, because “the student subjectively believed Ms. Seeberg’s complaint was false, and therefore had a legitimate purpose for his text message.”

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Husk Guys
Dec 19, 2010 7:30 PM CST
that's fucking gross Notre Dame these guys said it well^
Dec 19, 2010 3:23 PM CST
Money is king, kids lives are not important when compared to profit.
Dumb Dumb
Dec 17, 2010 4:57 PM CST
This event is another in a long line of historic Notre Dame football history. The Catholic church seems to protect all sexual deviates in their flock, priests and athletes, pedophile, rape, and now you could add murder.