Chapel Hill — A student-athlete at the University of North Carolina faces possible expulsion from the college after being booked on rape charges.
Allen Artis, 21, turned himself in, was arraigned on rape charges Wednesday and subsequently released on a $5,000 bond, the Orange County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office told media.
Mr. Artis, a junior linebacker for the Tar Heels football team, has been suspended indefinitely from both the team and school shortly after fellow student Delaney Robinson, 19, asked the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to issue an arrest warrant.
Ms. Robinson said she “did everything a rape victim is supposed to do” by contacting police, the school and getting a rape kit procedure done — but became frustrated when the university’s investigation appeared to stall.
Her lawyer, Denise Branch, said those warrants were the “result of the Orange County District Attorney’s refusal to prosecute the case despite sufficient physical evidence.”
At Tuesday’s presser, photos were released showing Ms. Robinson with apparent bruising on her neck after going to a nearby hospital. An exam revealed “blunt force trauma to my client’s genital area,” noted Ms. Branch.
Ms. Robinson said she felt as if she were being treated as the suspect in the case. The university’s department of public safety closed its investigation in June, after the spring semester.
Ms. Branch added that the university failed miserably on numerous accounts: The school’s Title IX office, which oversees the law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities, violated its own rules by not making a decision in Ms. Robinson’s case within the 90 day period and by trying to obtain her blood-alcohol content.
“The university failed either by being uninformed or by completely disregarding the new Title IX guidelines that they so publicly pronounced being put in place,” said Ms. Branch.
There’s no word on whether Ms. Robinson will file a Title IX lawsuit against North Carolina.
On Friday, September 2, Brock Turner was released from a Santa Clara County jail after serving less than half of a six month jail term for rape. The Stanford rapist’s sentence sparked a new bill calling for mandatory minimums for people convicted of rape. We at Aiken Area Progressive have not taken a position on this bill.
Aiken Area Progressive usually does not identify crime victims, but Ms. Robinson wanted the media to honor her request to reveal her identity.