Purdue student retracts sexual assault report after police investigation

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Picture of activity on Purdue campus following bomb threat. (Courtesy of John Terhune)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Jan. 27, 2015)– Purdue University confirms that the student who reported being sexually assaulted on campus Saturday has retracted her account of the incident.

Purdue police chief John Cox said the department’s investigation concluded the initial report was untrue. It was initially alleged that the student was sexually assaulted late Saturday night in the 400 block of North Martin Jischke Drive in the area of Wiley Dining Court.

“This is an unfortunate case, but we wanted to make sure the campus community was aware that there is no ongoing threat and allay any concerns the initial report might have caused. This case is now considered closed by the Purdue University Police Department,” Cox said. “At the same time, it’s important to reiterate that, as a community, we need to remain vigilant and continue to report any suspicious activity to police. Especially in the case of crimes of a physical nature against another person, the sooner we are notified, the sooner we can provide aid to the victim, make the campus community aware and begin our investigation.”

This was the second alleged sexual assault reported recently to Purdue authorities. James Rendon, 20, was charged with rape and possession of marijuana paraphernalia after a student from Iowa said it happened at a fraternity.

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