Police unable to confirm gang rape at University of Virginia

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police say they cannot confirm that the gang rape described in a Rolling Stone article last year occurred at the University of Virginia.

Police Chief Timothy Longo said during a news conference Monday that police could not confirm that a rape occurred at any fraternity house. The Rolling Stone article described the gang rape of a student identified only as "Jackie" at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in 2012.

Jackie did not cooperate with investigators.

Soon after the article was published in November, discrepancies were found in it.

Rolling Stone has apologized and said it would investigate.

However, Longo says the case is suspended, not closed. Longo says the fact investigators could not find evidence of the rape does not mean it didn't happen.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Police plan to release the findings of an investigation prompted by a Rolling Stone article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house.

Charlottesville police have scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. Monday. A notice posted on the police department's website says officials won't answer any questions before the news conference.

The November 2014 article described an alleged gang rape at a fraternity house in 2012. Rolling Stone has since apologized for the article and noted discrepancies.

The police department said in January that investigators had been unable to confirm that a gang rape occurred at the fraternity house. However, a police spokesman emphasized at the time that did not mean an assault did not occur.