Campus Security, HPD Investigate Sexual Assault

Published On: Jan 23 2008 06:42:39 AM HST   Updated On: Jan 23 2008 07:29:56 AM HST

Campus security officials and the Honolulu Police Department said they are investigating a sexual assault complaint that was made on the University of Hawaii Manoa campus.

The case involves a female student and three unnamed UH baseball players.

The sexual assault allegedly happened in one of the dorms on the UH Manoa campus on Halloween, but the victim only reported it on Sunday because of rumors of a video tape of the incident being circulated on campus, police said.

According to information from campus security, the victim is a Freshman at UH Manoa, and on Halloween night, the girl -- who lives on campus -- was at a party in one of the dorms and was apparently drinking heavily.

She claimed that on that night she was sexually assaulted by three UH freshman baseball players -- three men she apparently did know, police said.

UH campus security said it has handed the case over the Honolulu Police Department, and the HPD confirmed that they do have a report of the incident and have opened a first-degree sexual assault investigation.

The three baseball players have not been arrested and currently are still on the team, authorities said. Spring practice began Tuesday.

No one from the baseball team commented on the case, but the UH Athletics Department released the following statement:

"We are aware of the situation and addressing it with the appropriate parties."

UH has not taken any disciplinary action against the baseball players because they said the students have not been charged.

Vice Chancellor for Students Francisco Hernandez released the following statement:

"The university is fully cooperating with HPD on this incident and undergoing a thorough investigation of all parties involved."

HPD would not say what evidence they have, so there is still no confirmation that a video tape of the incident exists.

But campus security said that they have witnesses who say they either know of the tape or saw it.


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