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Possible sexual assault at Athens house party

By Joe Johnson

Athens-Clarke County police said they are investigating a possible sexual assault that might have occurred during a party at a house Friday night.

According to a police report, officers responded to the house Saturday morning and met with witnesses who said they found a 20-year-old woman in the house who was unconscious and face down in vomit, with her pants pulled to her knees. They also said the woman was not wearing panties.

The report noted there were eight males and two females in the house, and they were concerned that an assault had occurred, and also that officers had responded to the residence earlier in the morning in reference to a battery.

An officer who followed up on the initial report spoke with the possible victim mid-morning.

“She was awake and able to talk,” the officer wrote in a heavily-redacted report. “She was invited to a party a known friend. She arrived around 2000 hours (8 p.m.). She stated that there were about 20 people at the party and she knew four of them,” from elementary and high school.

“She was just hanging out and drinking...Did not remember anything else about the night, but she believed she had possibly been sexually assaulted or raped,” the officer wrote in the report.

The report listed the timeframe for the incident as between 8 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday.

After an entire paragraph in the report had been blacked out, the officer went on to state in the report that he met with a male who provided the pants and shoes the possible victim had been wearing. The report noted that the pants were wet around the crotch and thigh area.

The male said he was at the party that had about 20 people in attendance, and that he found the woman face down in vomit upon returning from getting some food, according to the report.

The investigation was ongoing, the officer stated in the report.

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