No criminal charges for Liberty University football players suspended during sexual assault investigation
Two Liberty University football players who were suspended from the team indefinitely amid a sexual assault investigation will not be charged criminally.
Cameron Jackson, Kyle Carrington, and former student Avery James were found to have violated the school’s honor code policy and sexual harassment, discrimination, and assault policy.
"We've concluded that the evidence is insufficient to go forward with any criminal charges and we will not be charging any of the individuals from Liberty University with the allegations that have been made," Lynchburg Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Doucette said.
Jackson’s lawyer says he was notified Tuesday that no criminal charges will be filed against Jackson.
"Cameron Jackson was notified yesterday that the Lynchburg Commonwealth's Attorney will not seek any criminal charges following an exhaustive investigation into false allegations of sexual assault levied against Cam and his teammates," Jackson's lawyer, Joshua Farmer wrote in a news release.
The allegations stem from an alleged off-campus incident in August 2015. Liberty University said it was notified of the allegations on July 13.
Farmer said LU's review board notified the players Tuesday that their appeal to rejoin the team had been rejected. Farmer says they were given 48 hours to leave campus.
Scroll down or look to the right of your screen to see the statement from Jackson’s lawyer.
Here is the statement from Liberty University:
On October 3, 2016, Liberty University’s Judicial Review Board heard appeals in three recently reported cases where two students and one former student had been found responsible for violating its Title IX policy. After an appeal hearing lasting more than 11 hours, the Conduct Review Committee’s decisions were upheld in each case. The students involved are all no longer enrolled at the university.
Liberty University’s process in such matters is tightly governed by federal Title IX law, which was followed. The US Department of Education requires schools use a “preponderance of evidence” standard to determine responsibility for violations of its policies governing sexual harassment, discrimination and assault, which is a lower standard of proof than the” beyond a reasonable doubt” used in criminal law. The students involved were provided an opportunity to testify and present supporting witnesses, evidence and argument.
Here is the statement from Cameron Jackson's lawyer, Joshua Farmer:
"Cameron Jackson was notified yesterday that the Lynchburg Commonwealth's Attorney will not seek any criminal charges following an exhaustive investigation into false allegations of sexual assault levied against Cam and his teammates.
Cam would like to thank the Lynchburg Police Department for the professionalism demonstrated by its investigators over the course of their two-month search for the truth. The justice system worked as it should: by prioritizing fact and accuracy over speed and publicity.
Under the current system of Title IX, it is far too easy to destroy a young man's life. Cameron Jackson is not the first. And, he knows, he won't be the last. That's why it's so important to exercise caution and restraint in dealing with these issues.
For Cam Jackson, the damage cannot be undone. He is comforted by the Commonwealth's decision, but his search for justice continues."