UNC football player accused of sexual assault surrenders


HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A UNC football player accused of sexual assault by another student surrendered to authorities Wednesday morning, according to the Orange County Clerk of Court.

A warrant issued Tuesday for Allen Artis accuses the junior linebacker from Marietta, Georgia of misdemeanor sexual battery and misdemeanor assault on a female.

Artis was accompanied by his attorney when he turned himself in.

Sophomore Delaney Robinson, 19, of Apex, said she was assaulted Feb. 14 in an apartment at the Ram Village complex on the University’s campus.

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During a news conference Tuesday, Robinson said she has struggled in bringing her attacker to justice. She claimed the University was not holding the accused attacker accountable.

She said the investigation conducted by University of North Carolina Department of Public Safety was “ineffective.”

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said there an active, ongoing investigation into the incident.

“It is and has been on ongoing investigation,” Woodall said. “They were looking for additional evidence to reach that bar of proof beyond reasonable doubt before they brought charges.”

He said it is unusual that a felony investigation ongoing for a civilian when misdemeanor warrants come in for the same case.

Woodall said his office is waiting on some toxicology reports which may be part of the rape kit taken following the assault.

In a news release, Robinson’s attorney, Denise Branch, says the DA declined to prosecute “because my client did not drink to the point of unconsciousness before she was raped.”

Woodall said, “Mrs. Branch was not familiar with the law. She had a long-ranging conversation with one of my assistants in which they talked to her about the law, helped educate her on the law and those concepts were discussed because those concepts can be part of these cases.”

Tuesday afternoon, Allen was indefinitely suspended from the football team.

Allen was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

He was originally scheduled to appear in court Thursday but that was moved to Wednesday. Since the charges are misdemeanors, he did not appear in court but his attorney Sam Coleman did.

Coleman told CBS North Carolina that they are not making any comments at this time.

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