Blue Earth County prosecutors have declined to file criminal charges against two men accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a college dorm room.

Detective Cmdr. Matt DuRose of the Mankato Department of Public Safety said the incident — which was alleged to have occurred Nov. 7 in a room at Minnesota State University’s McElroy Residence Hall — was deemed by prosecutors to be one that would be difficult to win at trial.

The incident involved a woman willingly going to a dorm room of a man she met in Mankato’s downtown area. But when they got there, the woman told police she was held against her will and raped by three men.

DuRose said the evidence in this case, like many sexual assault cases, made it difficult to pursue criminal charges. There was no physical evidence to suggest an assault had taken place, and no witness accounts to corroborate the victim’s version of events.

It would have come down to the testimony of the victim versus the testimony of the alleged assailants. DuRose said it’s not uncommon in such cases for prosecutors to not file criminal charges.

 

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