UNC football player accused of sexual assault surrenders

(Photo: WNCN)
(Photo: WNCN)

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The UNC football player accused of sexual assault by another student surrendered to authorities Wednesday morning. Allen Artis was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

A warrant shows the junior linebacker from Marietta, Georgia has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery and misdemeanor assault on a female.

Artis,21, was accompanied by his attorney when he turned himself in.

Sophomore Delaney Robinson, 19, of Apex, said she was assaulted Feb. 14 in an apartment at the Ram Village complex on the University’s campus.’

During a news conference Tuesday, Robinson said she has struggled in bringing her attacker to justice. She claimed the University was not holding the accused attacker accountable.

She said the investigation conducted by University of North Carolina Department of Public Safety was “ineffective.”

She and her attorney requested self-sworn warrants, filed by a magistrate.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said there is an active, ongoing investigation into the incident by UNC Police.

“It is and has been on ongoing investigation,” Woodall said. “They were looking for additional evidence to reach that bar of proof beyond reasonable doubt before they brought charges.”

He said it is unusual that a felony investigation ongoing for a civilian when misdemeanor warrants come in for the same case.

Woodall said his office and UNC Police are waiting on some toxicology reports to come back from the state crime lab. The crime lab says there is no timeline on when it will be finished, but it is currently being processed. The crime lab also said that no request to have the rape kit analyzed have been made. Woodall says in some cases where the accused suspect’s identity is known, testing the rape kit isn’t always necessary.

In a news release, Robinson’s attorney, Denise Branch, says: “The Title IX office has refused to render a decision in this case, despite concluding their investigation nearly three months ago.  The Orange County District Attorneys has pronounced that “unconsciousness is rape, black out drunk is not rape.”  Therefore, because my client did not drink to the point of unconsciousness before she was raped, the Orange County District Attorney has declined to prosecute this case.”

Woodall said, “Mrs. Branch was not familiar with the law. She had a long-ranging conversation with one of my assistants in which they talked to her about the law, helped educate her on the law and those concepts were discussed because those concepts can be part of these cases.”

Tuesday afternoon, Allen was indefinitely suspended from the football team.

He was originally scheduled to appear in court Thursday but that was moved to Wednesday. Since the charges are misdemeanors, he did not appear in court but his attorney Sam Coleman did.

Coleman told CBS North Carolina that they are not making any comments at this time.

Artis’ next court date is Sept. 29. His attorney has already asked that Artis not be required to be there.

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