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Oklahoma Sooners RB Rodney Anderson passes lie detector test, avoids rape charge

Oklahoma Sooners RB Rodney Anderson passes lie detector test, avoids rape charge

Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson won't have charges filed against him after he was accused of rape by a woman earlier this month.

"Definitely charges not warranted under these circumstances", Cleveland County DA Greg Mashburn said when asked by a reporter if Anderson was being cleared.

It would also appear that the text message conversation Anderson had with his accuser played a role in no charges being pursued in this case. An investigation into rape allegations was ordered after a Victim's Protection Order was filed against Anderson on December 4, but the DA has decided not to file charges in the case.

Anderson was accused of rape by a woman who is an OU employee. An attorney for Anderson has called the accusations "patently false", saying the woman made them after Anderson declined her social invitations. She had filed an order of protection against him.

In my wildest dreams, I never thought I'd have to set up a Twitter account to defend myself. He leads the Sooners with 960 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns and has 283 yards and five touchdowns receiving.

Oklahoma and Georgia will face off in the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. ET on January 1 on ESPN. "The last few messages sent by [the woman] suggested that they get together were not answered by Mr. Anderson".




Prosecutors identified the woman by name, but ESPN does not reveal the identity of those who have reported sexual assault unless they have voluntarily identified themselves or there is a compelling reason to make an exception. According to the order, the two met at a bar and went back to her apartment. "Caswell said the friends even described the accuser as bragging about the relationship, indicating the two had sexual intercourse".

Filing a false police report is a misdemeanor, but Caswell said Anderson's accuser is not expected to face any charges.

"The police also interviewed two additional friends of [the accuser] and they essentially stated the same information as her girlfriend had already told police", Caswell said. And that two weeks after the encounter, she was talking to a male she was in a relationship with.

A hearing regarding the woman's protective order is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday. Football coach Lincoln Riley said Thursday that Anderson was "fully on the team".

Anderson was not suspended by the team during the investigation. "Mr. Anderson and his family are very much looking forward to a final resolution so that they can put this matter behind them and Mr. Anderson can focus on his obligations as a student-athlete".


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