SAN DIEGO — Former Buffalo Payments punter Matt Araiza won’t be charged in reference to an alleged gang rape of a 17-year-old girl at an off-campus occasion final yr when he performed soccer for San Diego State College, prosecutors mentioned Wednesday.
The San Diego County District Lawyer’s Workplace mentioned no fees will likely be filed towards any of Araiza’s former Aztec teammates who had been additionally accused within the reported assault in October 2021.
The choice got here following an investigation involving greater than 35 witness interviews and proof derived from 10 search warrants that included cellphone information and video from the night time in query, the DA’s workplace mentioned in an announcement.
“Finally, prosecutors decided it’s clear the proof doesn’t assist the submitting of legal fees and there’s no path to a possible legal conviction. Prosecutors can solely file fees after they ethically imagine they are often confirmed past an inexpensive doubt,” the assertion mentioned.
Araiza’s lawyer, Kerry Armstrong, and the accuser’s legal professional, Dan Gilleon, did not instantly reply to emails in search of touch upon the DA’s determination.
The Payments released the rookie punter in August simply days after they backed Araiza primarily based on the findings of what the crew known as its “thorough examination” of the allegations included in a lawsuit.
The accuser, now 18, alleged within the lawsuit that Araiza, then 21, had intercourse together with her in a aspect yard at an off-campus residence earlier than bringing her right into a bed room the place a gaggle of males took turns raping her. She mentioned she went out and in of consciousness as the boys assaulted her for about 90 minutes.
She informed her buddies that night time that she’d been raped and reported the assault to police the next day, in accordance with the court docket submitting.
The lawsuit named Araiza together with former Aztec teammates Zaver Leonard and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko, who’re not with the crew.
The college has been closely criticized for delaying an administrative inquiry into the allegations. San Diego State officers have mentioned they deferred investigating on the request of police for concern that conducting their very own would possibly hurt the legal investigation.
Araiza was nicknamed the “Punt God” and honored as a consensus All-American for his booming kicks that helped SDSU to a school-best 12-2 season in his senior yr. In April, he was chosen by the Buffalo Payments within the sixth spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft.