UNC Student: Tar Heels Football Player Raped Me

Warrant issued for Allen Artis' arrest
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 13, 2016 6:18 PM CDT

A magistrate issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for a North Carolina football player accused of sexual battery and assault on a female student in February, the AP reports. The warrant charges Allen Artis, a 21-year-old junior linebacker from Marietta, Georgia, with two misdemeanors and says he had sex with the woman against her will when he "should have reasonably known that the other person was mentally incapacitated and physically helpless." The woman, Delaney Robinson, said she had become intoxicated after being out with friends and was unable to consent. The AP typically doesn't identify alleged victims of sexual assault, but Robinson held a news conference Tuesday, saying she filed for the misdemeanor charges after police and prosecutors indicated there wasn't enough evidence to pursue felony charges.

Artis could not be reached for comment. He did not practice Tuesday and was indefinitely suspended under a university policy that applies to athletes charged with misdemeanors, team spokesman Kevin Best said. Artis' attorney did not return a message. Robinson's lawyer said campus police botched the handling of a rape kit and the questioning of Artis. Robinson, 19, said a video of that questioning angered her. "Rather than accusing him of anything, the investigators talked to him in a tone of camaraderie. They provided reassurances to him when he became upset, even laughed with him when he told about how many girls' phone numbers he was able to get on the same night," the sophomore said as her father was seated next to her. "I was treated like a suspect." Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said no final decisions have been made on whether to prosecute. (Read more University of North Carolina stories.)

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