UNA Football Players Accused In Rape Attempt

Posted on: 10:00 pm, March 4, 2013, by , updated on: 10:29pm, March 4, 2013

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Shoals woman claims two University of North Alabama students tried to gang-rape her at the men’s on-campus apartment.

According to detectives, the students questioned in this sexual attack case, are members of the football team.  So far no charges have been filed.

According to a police report filed with UNA investigators, a woman in her 40s went back to an apartment complex on Circular Drive with two UNA football players she met at a bar after a night of partying.

“It’s her word against their word so we`re waiting to see if any other allegations surface,” said UNA police chief, Bob Pastula.

The woman says the men forced her into a bedroom and tried rape her.  However, when detectives questioned the students involved, police got a very different story.  Police say the woman wanted to have sex with the men, but the men denied the sexual advances.

“It’s problematic and we`re trying to get to the bottom of it,” said Pastula.

Since a string of attacks last year, Chief Pastula says his department has taken several extra security measures to keep the campus safe.

“We`re just trying to be a little more omnipresent around campus, putting officers out there to patrol special areas and trying to keep the lid on things as best we can,” said Pastula.

The department also appointed a full time sexual assault officer, who goes through special training to handle these types of cases.

“I think probably what I`m going to end up doing is mandating everybody go through that training, it`s good training, I think everybody would benefit from it,” said Pastula.

As for the football players at the center of these allegations, they will remain on the team while this investigation continues.

According to the University of North Alabama sports information director, the football players will not face any penalties for now.

If criminal charges are filed, the sports information director says the athletic department will let the legal system run its course.