University of Kansas

Prosecutors still reviewing McCarthy Hall rape case; alleged victim cooperating

McCarthy Hall at University of Kansas
McCarthy Hall at University of Kansas

The 16-year-old victim of an alleged rape on the University of Kansas campus last school year is cooperating with the Douglas County District Attorney’s office.

A spokeswoman said on Monday that the girl is working with the district attorney’s office during its ongoing review of a December case in which a rape and two other crimes were reported at McCarthy Hall, where the KU men’s basketball team and other students live.

University of Kansas police presented the district attorney’s office with an affidavit on the McCarthy Hall rape investigation on May 9. No suspect has been identified.

“We will not identify any suspect information until a charging decision has been made,” said Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson.

The case is still “under review,” Wright Kunard said.

Wright Kunard said the office was waiting on additional testing results from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and that there was no timeline on the results or when the review of the case would be completed.

The alleged rape occurred between 10 p.m. Dec. 17 and 5 a.m. Dec. 18, according to a KU police report. The 16-year-old was not a KU student and was visiting residents at the dorm, police said at the time.

KU police have provided no other details about the case, including who reported the rape to police or whether basketball players are involved. Five players were listed as witnesses on the police report.

Wright Kunard said that two other crimes are part of the case involving the reported rape. They are contributing to a child’s misconduct and furnishing alcohol to a minor. “All matters associated with that case number are under review,” Wright Kunard said.

Mará Rose Williams: 816-234-4419, @marawilliamskc

Jesse Newell: 816-234-4759, @jessenewell

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