No charges in reported Purdue sexual assault

No criminal charges will come out of an alleged sexual assault reported at a Purdue University fraternity house shortly after classes began for the fall semester.

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington said Monday that his office has reviewed an investigation by the Purdue University Police Department into the possible attack.

"There's insufficient evidence to warrant the filing of charges," he said. "Our office will not be filing charges."

The investigation began about 12:40 a.m. Aug. 31, when a 19-year-old student reported she had been assaulted inside the Delta Chi fraternity at 501 N. Russell St.

The woman was taken to the emergency room at St. Elizabeth Central for treatment.

Purdue sent an emergency text to students about two hours later, though police Chief John Cox later told the Journal & Courier that the report was believed to be an isolated incident.

According to university spokesman Chris Sigurdson, Purdue police finished its investigation and forwarded it to the prosecutor's office last Wednesday.

He said Purdue can pursue separate disciplinary proceedings against the accused student, if deemed necessary, regardless of the prosecutor's decision.

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