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Second Stripper: Duke Rape Story “A Crock”

Once again, we only get these minor details from the local press, not our one party major media.

In this case, from the local Durham station, ABC 11:

Police: Dancer Called Rape Allegation a ‘Crock’

(06/08/06 — DURHAM) – Defense motions filed Thursday in the Duke lacrosse rape investigation allege conflicting stories from the accuser and that police investigators omitted information in the case.

Kirk Osborn, who is representing accused player Reade Seligmann, says Durham police officers intentionally omitted information that ultimately helped the prosecution get approval for a photo lineup and DNA samples from lacrosse players.

An exotic dancer says she was raped March 13 at party on Buchanan Boulevard. Three Duke lacrosse players are charged with rape.

Osborn’s most damaging allegation is a statement from a Durham police investigator summarizing a conversation he had with the second dancer, Kim Roberts, on March 20. Investigator Benjamin Himan says Roberts told him the rape allegation was a "crock." Roberts also told police that she was with the accuser for all but five minutes that night.

The motion also says the alleged victim told Durham police that she had performed for a couple at a Raleigh hotel hours before the Duke lacrosse party. She told police that she used a vibrator. Osborn suggests that could be the source of the vaginal injuries mentioned in the rape kit report.

The defense attorney also takes issue with the rape examination itself, pointing out that the nurse who assisted in the exam was in training. Osborn says the only evidence of physical trauma the nurse could find was a scratch on the accuser’s knee and a small cut on her heel, which was not bleeding.

The motion also alleges the police investigator stated the accuser was hit, kicked and strangled, but did not reveal that the examining physician found no neck, back, chest or abdominal tenderness.

Osborn says the accuser gave conflicting accounts of what happened. The motion says medical records indicate she told a doctor that she used no alcohol or drugs. The accuser told the sexual assault nurse that she had consumed one drink of alcohol and was taking Flexeril, a prescription drug used to treat muscle spasms.

The alleged victim told a doctor the next day at UNC Hospitals that "she was drunk and had had a lot of alcohol that night," the motion said.

She later told police that she had consumed a 24-ounce bottle of beer and then told police she had two 22-ounce bottles of beer, according to the motion.

The accuser told the nurse that Roberts assisted players in the alleged sexual assault and that the second dancer stole her money and property, the motion said.

Osborn says a man named Jarriel Johnson drove the accuser to the Durham Police Department to pick up her belongings March 21. The motion points to a statement from Johnson saying the accuser engaged in sexual activity with at least four different men from March 10 to March 12.

It is criminal that Mike Nifong is still the District Attorney there.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, June 8th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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