Kansas Basketball: Alleged Rape of Minor Occurred in Team Dorm

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LAWRENCE, KS – JANUARY 14: Frank Mason III. (Getty)

Campus police at the University of Kansas are currently investigating allegations that a 16-year-old girl was raped at McCarthy Hall, the dorm in which the school’s men’s basketball team resides.

Sara Shepherd of the Lawrence Journal-World reports that the alleged rape took place between 10 p.m. on December 17th, 2016 and 5 a.m. on December 18. No arrests have been made to this point, and the suspect has not been named. Police have confirmed that the alleged victim is not a student but does know the suspect.

The police report goes on to say that the suspect has been charged with contributing to a child’s misconduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia. Five Kansas players are listed as witnesses in the police report, which include Josh Jackson, Mitch Lightfoot, Frank Mason III, Tucker Vang and LaGerald Vick. Two 19-year-old women, who may or may not be Kansas students, and an official from the school’s athletic department have been questioned by police.

While there has been no comment from the university, Jayhawks head coach Bill Self told Hunter Woodall of the Kansas City Star that some of his players are potential witnesses to an incident in McCarthy Hall. Self included that a potential witness doesn’t necessarily mean that his players were eyewitnesses to an alleged rape, but it could be that they are simply individuals who can provide police with information about the suspect or victim. Self said that if information that warrants action presents itself, the athletic department will respond accordingly.

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