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DA declines to prosecute OU's Frank Shannon; School to determine his future

by Jason Kersey and Nolan Clay Modified: April 17, 2014 at 10:39 am •  Published: April 17, 2014

NORMAN - Prosecutors weeks ago declined to file sexual assault charges against Oklahoma starting linebacker Frank Shannon, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said Thursday.

The district attorney said Shannon was not charged based on the woman's wishes at the time and based on the facts that were presented.

He explained the woman said she did not want Shannon prosecuted. He also said it was unclear from the accounts of both the woman and the player "what had actually taken place."

Shannon's future at the University of Oklahoma will be determined through an appeals process there over the allegation that he sexually assaulted a female student at his off-campus apartment early on the morning of Jan. 20.

According to a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained by The Oklahoman, Shannon has been accused of attempting to forcibly have sex with a woman in his bedroom after the two left a party together.

Norman Police said police are investigating the matter, but declined comment and refused to release the incident report Wednesday night. The department also hasn't returned phone calls Thursday morning.

Mashburn said police have not re-presented anything to his office. He said of OU's action: "What they do as far as a school goes is totally separate and apart from a criminal investigation and charges."

Under Title IX, claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, misconduct and assault brought to the attention of most university staff must be reported.

Reached by telephone Thursday morning, Laura Palk in the OU Sexual Misconduct Office said she couldn't comment on disciplinary matters, but did offer a general overview of the process when a student is accused of violating the university's Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination and Harassment Policy.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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