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Judge unseals PC sexual assault case records

Following judge’s ruling, attorney general’s office releases witness statements, emails

By
News Editor
Friday, November 21, 2014

Police and court documents that were part of an investigation of two Brown undergraduates who allegedly sexually assaulted a Providence College student last November were released to the public Tuesday when a Rhode Island Superior Court judge unsealed them, WPRI reported Thursday.

Judge Alice Gibney rejected a motion filed by John Grasso and Stephen Brouillard, lawyers for one of the alleged perpetrators, seeking to keep the records from becoming publicly available.
The motion followed several attempts by the PC student to obtain the documents under the Access to Public Records Act. The Providence Journal subsequently filed a motion requesting the records’ public release.

The newly public documents include a police report, witness interviews, emails and photographs of the scene where the assault allegedly occurred, NBC 10 reported.

The two accused, both of whom were members of Brown’s football team and one of whom withdrew from the University prior to the start of the academic year, do not face criminal charges after a grand jury decided in August not to indict them.

Amy Kempe, public information officer for the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office, said the office argued in favor of releasing the records. Following Gibney’s decision, Kempe said the attorney general’s office “went through the process of reviewing and determining what could and could not be disclosed.”

-With additional reporting by Camilla Brandfield-Harvey