University of Kansas police have been investigating the reported rape of a 16-year-old girl at McCarthy Hall, which houses the KU men’s basketball team and other male students.
The alleged rape and three other crimes occurred between 10 p.m. Dec. 17 and 5 a.m. Dec. 18, according to a police report obtained by The Star on Wednesday.
According to the report, the suspect is also accused of contributing to a child’s misconduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia. An investigation remains open.
The Lawrence Journal-World first requested and obtained the police report on Tuesday and reported the alleged rape was not posted to the KU police crime log until a few weeks after it was reported to the department.
After The Star requested a copy of the police report Wednesday morning, a reporter was told by a police employee it was not available and could not be made public because changes had to be made. The report was released to The Star a few hours later.
No description of the suspect was released by KU police, including whether the suspect is a student or lives at McCarthy Hall. The alleged offender was suspected of using drugs and alcohol, according to the police report, and officers confiscated two glass smoking devices with residue.
“The reason we don’t put out a suspect description (is) because the investigation’s ongoing,” KU Deputy Police Chief James Anguiano told The Star.
Anguiano said if law enforcement felt the alleged crime was a threat to campus, or could be a threat to campus, they would put out a crime alert to students. In this case, KU police didn’t and said in a release that “there is no ongoing risk to campus.”
Police said the victim is not a KU student and was visiting residents at the dorm.
The five persons listed as witnesses in the police report are members of the Jayhawks’ basketball team: Frank Mason III, Mitch Lightfoot, Lagerald Vick, Tucker Vang and Josh Jackson.
A KU athletic department administrator and two 19-year-old women were others interviewed, according to the police report.
When asked for comment by The Star, Jim Marchiony, KU associate athletic director for external relations, referred questions to KU police, who said in a release that the athletic department is cooperating with investigators.
In addition to the report that the 16-year-old girl was raped at McCarthy Hall, a report of a runaway child was made from the same address around 4 a.m. Dec. 18. No information about the child was provided in a police report obtained by The Star, though the same two 19-year-old women and a sixth KU basketball player, Carlton Bragg, are listed as witnesses. According to the Journal-World, the runaway was located and picked up.
McCarthy Hall opened in 2016 as an all-male apartment building operated by KU Student Housing. It is home to 38 students, roughly split between members of the men’s basketball team and upperclassmen.