Three Boise State football players were investigated by the university for alleged sexual assault of a female student last year, according to the players’ families and BSU documents.
Freshman Marquis Hendrix, of Ocala, Fla., and freshman Donzale Roddie, of Compton, Calif., were expelled. Freshman Darreon Jackson, of Derby, Kansas, was placed on a one-year suspension.
Boise State Police said they never received a report about the alleged assaults from the victim, nor from anyone else.
That left some wondering about the process. Now that this case is public — and police are aware of the allegations — will they investigate?
Boise police officials aren’t saying definitively “yes” or “no.”
“What we can tell you is that right now there is no investigation,” a department spokesman said via email last week. Monday, that was still the case.
Here’s what else we learned:
Does the department need a report from a victim to start an investigation?
“A third party can also trigger an investigation. The first step in a third-party report is to contact the victim and see if they desire an investigation.”
Can police investigate without receiving a report from either the victim or a third party?
“BPD can initiate its own investigation. In those cases we also have to be sensitive to the victim’s wishes and balance that with the needs of the community. Officers do their jobs in the interest of public safety and want to hold people accountable.”
How does one file a report with police?
“You can file a report online. Here is the BPD link: http://police.cityofboise.org/online-crime-reporting/. As you know, you can also file a report by calling, going to the police station or speaking with an officer. There are several officers assigned to Boise State as well. Those reports will then be forwarded to the appropriate investigator.”
To reach an officer by phone, call 911 (emergency) or 377-6790 (non-emergency).