Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson was facing an accusation of rape in an emergency protective order that was filed in court last week. However, the Cleveland Country District Attorney Greg Mashburn in Oklahoma announced that his office will not pursue charges against the young man.
The prosecutor met with a Norman Police Department detective on Tuesday and Thursday according to NewsOk.com and that helped in his decision to not pursue the charges. Anderson also passed a three-hour lie detector test administered by a former FBI polygraph examiner who has taken part in over 3,500 of these kinds of exams.
It would also appear that the text message conversation Anderson had with his accuser played a role in no charges being pursued in this case.
Anderson’s attorney claimed that the accuser only went to the authorities with her claims after Anderson had rejected several of her advances.
Online records listed that a hearing would be held on Dec. 18 for the protective order and it appears that will not be necessary now. Anderson had released a statement through his attorney, where he denied any allegations of rape or sexual misconduct.
It would appear that he has been vindicated now that the charges have been dropped and he should be fine to play against Georgia in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 as part of the College Football Playoff. Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley had said prior to this decision that Anderson was still participating fully with the team, and that the school was waiting for the legal process to take its course before any major decisions were made.
Anderson is Oklahoma’s leading rusher this season with 960 yards and 11 touchdowns.
[h/t College Football Talk]