Police investigated Oklahoma University running back Rodney Anderson after he was accused of sexual assault by a woman who filed an emergency protection order against him. The local district attorney’s office cleared Anderson, deciding that criminal charges were not warranted after interviewing the woman’s friends and looking at text messages that Anderson and his accuser exchanged.
How were the accusations investigated?
According to Assistant District Attorney Susan Caswell, the alleged victim “never communicated to Mr. Anderson in any way to let him know that she did not want to do this” while they were consensually on a date together. Additionally, the two exchanged “several back-and-forth [text] messages that were friendly … stating that they had fun and that she had hoped to see Mr. Anderson again.”
Friends of the woman corroborated this sequence of events, with one detailing how the accuser had called her while she and Anderson were on their date to say she was “very excited” and eager to continue their sexual activity.
This story is a reminder that while rape allegations should always be taken seriously, they should also be properly investigated. We can’t convict people for crimes without evidence.
“Never pre-determine someone’s fate based off an accusation,” Glenn said. “The accuser should be treated seriously and fairly, but so should the accused.”