Nacogdoches County sheriff releases details on SFA fraternity sex assault accusation

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office has released details regarding allegations from a woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by members of a fraternity at Stephen F. Austin State University.

In the post on its Facebook page, the sheriff's office states the investigation began on May 10, 2016, and involved the district attorney's office, Texas Rangers and an investigator with SFA.

The post states the sheriff's office does not normally put out such sensitive information on a case like this, but did so in this instance due to the high-profile nature of the case and the safety concerns expressed by the community.

According to the post, a woman told investigators she was raped on May 7 while at a party hosted by a fraternity. She told the investigator she was driven to the party by a friend because she was too intoxicated to drive. At the party, she said she had sex with a man in his vehicle, parked near the fraternity house. Both she and the man agreed it was consensual. She said she then returned to the party and joined three other men in the woods to smoke marijuana. She claimed she did not remember much but thought one of the men choked her, and all three may have each had sex with her. She said she could not identify the three men.

The post states a sexual assault nurse examiner examined the woman and found her claim of consensual sex to be consistent.

The Facebook post gives a lengthy explanation about how the woman changed her story. It states on June 14, she claimed 15 men assaulted her in the woods, but the nurse said her findings were not consistent with that possibility.

On June 28, the Texas Rangers agreed to assist in the investigation, and SFA hired an independent investigator. They interviewed 54 people in connection to the woman's claims.

"Time after time, even after the Complainant's stories changed, and she accused different suspects, law enforcement continued to diligently investigate the case. After interviewing 54 people, some close friends of the complainant, there is no individual, nor any evidence, to corroborate her story," the post states. "Due to the magnitude of allegations that were made in this case, it was handled as a top priority by the Sheriff's Office as well as all other agencies involved."

The post states no names will be submitted to the grand jury, as there is no probable cause to believe that an offense occurred.

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