Police unable to confirm gang rape at University of Virginia

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police say they cannot confirm that the gang rape described in a Rolling Stone article last year occurred at the University of Virginia.

Police Chief Timothy Longo said during a news conference Monday that police could not confirm that a rape occurred at any fraternity house. The Rolling Stone article described the gang rape of a student identified only as “Jackie” at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in 2012.

Jackie did not cooperate with investigators.

Soon after the article was published in November, discrepancies were found in it.

Rolling Stone has apologized and said it would investigate.

However, Longo says the case is suspended, not closed. Longo says the fact investigators could not find evidence of the rape does not mean it didn’t happen.

The November 2014 article described an alleged gang rape at a fraternity house in 2012. Rolling Stone has since apologized for the article and noted discrepancies.

The police department said in January that investigators had been unable to confirm that a gang rape occurred at the fraternity house. However, a police spokesman emphasized at the time that did not mean an assault did not occur.