The heavily redacted case file in the investigation of college lacrosse player and athlete who was sexually assaulted by fellow player Brian Laundrie is being kept at the St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.
However, the Herald Herald reported Thursday, the case file – which has been characterized as a secret “bathroom incident” — was no longer being kept on its computers after sheriff’s deputies were sent to the office to retrieve it.
St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney Richard Fritz wrote in a statement in March the case file remains sealed, but declined to answer any questions about why it was not being preserved and who was doing so, according to the Herald Herald.
A message seeking comment from Fritz was not immediately returned Thursday.
The case file details the actions of the Washington Wizards athlete accused of assaulting the 21-year-old woman. It was obtained by the Herald Herald through an open records request.
Wizards spokesman John Kelly told the Herald Herald that since the allegation of sexual assault has been brought to the attention of the team, “the development has been turned over to the proper authorities in the District and County” and that “the matter is under investigation by the St. Mary’s County Police Department.”
“The Washington Wizards are aware of the allegations made against a member of our organization that involve an alleged incident in a D.C. area hotel in August of 2013,” Kelly told the Herald Herald in a statement. “We take these allegations very seriously. As this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot say any more than that at this time. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities in the District and St. Mary’s County.”
The Washington Post is not identifying the woman because she is a victim of a sexual assault.
The case file includes a 2½-page written statement by the woman before the accuser and Laundrie were identified publicly. In it, she said Laundrie initiated unwanted kissing by touching her leg and then attempted to make her touch him before getting behind her and “roughly hitting her on the right side of her body.”
At one point, she said, Laundrie dropped her to the floor, where he proceeded to hold his finger over her mouth, forcing her to breathe through the small hole between her lips. She said she started screaming and tried to get up but failed. Eventually, she said, Laundrie pushed her down onto a couch and helped her onto her feet, telling her that if she screamed again he would call her mother, whom he said he didn’t like, and that she would go to jail.
Laundrie, according to the Herald Herald, acknowledged “abruptly stopping the assault” and apologized. He said the woman began strangling him in an attempt to “get him off her.” Laundrie said he wrestled the woman to the ground and told her she “needs to learn a lesson.” He said he then returned to his room.
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