All charges have been dropped against a former Temple football player who was accused of raping a woman in a dorm.
The news came on what was supposed to be the first day of jury selection for Praise Martin-Oguike, 20, who was arrested May 30, 2012 and kicked out of Temple soon after.
A Temple business student from Maryland accused him of raping her inside his dorm room on Park Avenue and Norris streets four days before his arrest.
Martin-Oguike, an native of Nigeria who was raised since age 10 in Sewaren, N.J., by his pastor father and poet mother, maintained that the sexual activity was consensual.
“For the past 18 months, this young man has lived under a terrible cloud,” said his attorney, James Funt. “After being branded as a rapist for a crime he did not commit, he was ostracized, stripped of his athletic scholarship, kicked out of Temple University and vilified nationally and on the Internet. The stain on his reputation and the impact on his life will never be completely erased.”
Late last month Funt, who is seeking to have the case expunged, filed a motion asking Common Pleas Judge Denis Cohen to allow the woman’s text messages between friends to be entered as trial evidence to expose her motive for allegedly lying about being raped.
Funt argued that she had been rejected by several other men, including football players, and did not want to get a campus reputation as a football “groupie” after Martin-Oguike “would not agree to have a romantic long-term relationship with her.”
And from CBS Philadelphia:
Martin-Oguike’s attorney James Funt said charges were dropped after a review of the woman’s text messages with her friends indicated she was not truthful about being raped.
Funt said the former Temple linebacker was victimized by the woman “simply because he would not agree to have a romantic long-term relationship with her.”
This is why most colleges and universities have absolutely no business adjudicating matters of sexual assault. They simply do not have the investigative and prosecutorial power of the criminal justice system. In addition, most of them are in thrall to Feminist ideology, a bloodthirsty due-process-be-damned ideology that treats all men – no matter their race, sexual or religious orientation, nationality, and so forth – as guilty until proven innocent, and which currently dominates the discourse on anything related to Title IX and gender “equity” in education.
This case lasted a year and a half in the courts, and the charge was dropped the day of jury selection. Sometimes it takes that long to find out how compelling a case really is, and to assemble all the necessary parties in a professional adversarial system. But according to Title IX regulations – in particular the Department of Education’s Dear Colleague letter of April 4, 2011 – higher education administrators have to conclude their own investigation and decide on a “remedy” (punishment) in just 60 days. And usually they scramble to get it decided well before that, lest they appear in any way to appear soft on sexual assault – which could come up later in a Dept. of Ed investigation should any rape accusers file a Title IX complaint.
Sandra Foehl is the Title IX Coordinator of Temple University, the overarching authority on whether the university is in compliance with Title IX regulations. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Another university page lists her email address as email@example.com. We will be having words together.
Also: notice how the panel for student affairs at Temple University, who work with the Title IX Coordinator on cases like these, are comprised of four [white] women and zero men. All of them are paid comfortable salaries to wreck the lives of students.
This is not over.