Athens Police: Investigation Into Court Street Rape “Progressing”

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The investigation into an alleged rape of an Ohio University student on Court Street during Homecoming Weekend is "progressing," says Athens Police Chief Tom Pyle.

"Beginnings are easy, endings are tough with investigations like this," Pyle said. "There are certain elements of law that we look at, things we must be able to prove, and until those things are met, we can't take the case forward for prosecution."

Pyle says there is a possibility the case could to before a grand jury as soon as Monday but stressed how the case will develop is "up in the air at this point."

The department is also working to help an OU student who was misidentified as the alleged victim by a website called Crimes Against Fathers.

As a result of the postings to the website the student recieved a substantial number of online threats, some coming from overseas. Pyle says that the misidentified woman filed a telecommunications harrassments complaint with the Athens Police Department.  However the Athens Police Department does not have the jurisdiction to prosecute anyone who made the online threats.

"We're trying to document what occurred to her, and I think it helps in her situation to clear her name." Pyle said.

Ohio University is also doing their part to raise awareness of sexual assault on campus.  The university is holding a "Campus Conversations" event on Thursday to talk about sexual assault and the issues surrounding assault on campus.