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Purdue suspends 4 football players in sexual assault investigation

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  -- Purdue has suspended four football players due to an investigation of sexual assault allegations by two female students, but prosecutors say they won’t file charges.

The school said Wednesday the incident occurred Oct. 13. It didn’t identify the players and said federal law prevented it from commenting further.

The female students’ attorney, Mario Massillamany, says the sexual assaults occurred at an off-campus house where the players lived. He says his clients reported the assaults to Purdue authorities and the West Lafayette Police Department. 

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According to a 16-page investigative report provided to CBS affiliate WLFI, police talked to everyone involved and some of the testimony shows the girls admitted to consensual sex with certain players and engaged in group sex. A previous group chat conversation also shows the girls asking for a three-some, WLFI reports. 

Purdue says it acted immediately and launched an investigation. University officials have confirmed they suspended the four players from the team pending the outcome of the investigation. 

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington said in a statement that his office won’t file criminal charges after reviewing the evidence. He also said the players cooperated with investigators.

The female students aren’t considering a lawsuit but want the players expelled.

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