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Ohio U. to investigate alleged rape near campus



Published: Thu, October 17, 2013 @ 4:15 p.m.

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio University says it is conducting its own investigation into an alleged rape near campus that gained international attention when photos taken by witnesses exploded on the Internet.

The university in Athens in southeastern Ohio said in a statement today that its investigation is “supportive” of the probe being conducted by the city police department.

Police say they are examining photos taken and posted to social media as part of the investigation. The alleged assault occurred early Sunday on a street in the city center near campus.

Explicit photos were tweeted and quickly re-posted across the Internet. Later the woman contacted police and reported that she was a victim of a sexual assault.

The university said also that it is supporting and providing resources to the alleged victim.


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