BYU, police each investigate 17-year-old's claim

Updated: September 4, 2004, 12:58 PM ET
Associated Press

PROVO, Utah -- Brigham Young University has launched an investigation into a 17-year-old girl's claim she was raped by several men who may have been BYU football players.

The school's probe into possible violations of the Mormon church-owned school's strict personal-conduct code is separate from a police investigation, which was turned over Tuesday to the Utah County Attorney's office for possible charges.

So far, none have been filed.

"It's going to be a little while," said Utah County Attorney Kay Bryson. "This isn't something where we can just read a police report and decide what we're going to do. We're going to do some additional investigation. We're going to want to interview the victim. There's some things we want to do before we make a decision."

According to police documents, the girl claimed she met several football players at a mall August 8 and went back to their apartment, where they drank alcohol and watched a pornographic DVD.

The girl told police she felt sick and went into another room to lie down, then woke up as one of the men allegedly was having sex with her. She claimed at least three or four men also then had sex with her.

BYU's Honor Code prohibits the use of alcohol and pornography and any premarital or extramarital sex. Students who violate the Honor Code may be placed on probation, suspended or expelled.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press