UNC-CH clears football player accused of sex assault
An attorney for a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill football player accused of sexually assaulting another student said Thursday that the school has cleared him of wrongdoing.
Kerry Sutton, an attorney for Allen Anthony Artis, said the university's Title IX compliance coordinator conducted a "thorough investigation" and determined that Artis didn't violate the school's sexual misconduct policy.
UNC-Chapel Hill officials declined to comment, citing student privacy regulations.
Delaney Robinson, a sophomore from Apex, swore out warrants last fall charging Artis with misdemeanor sexual battery and misdemeanor assault on a female. She said he raped her in an apartment at the Ram Village complex on Valentine's Day 2016, and she told police she thought she had been drugged before the alleged assault.
WRAL News usually doesn't identify the victims of sex assault, but Robinson decided to take a public stand on her case.
Artis, a redshirt junior linebacker from Marietta, Ga., has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
"Ms. Robinson is shocked and dismayed by the failure of UNC Title IX office to hold Mr. Artis accountable for his actions. She has appealed this initial finding which is subject to further administrative review," said Robinson's attorney, Denise Branch. "Ms. Robinson continues to cooperate with the ongoing efforts in the criminal investigation by Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall and remains confident that justice will be served."
Robinson said she obtained warrants in the case herself because she was frustrated by the lack of action from UNC-Chapel Hill administrators and the criminal justice system.
Woodall has said the case remains under investigation.