Athens-Clarke County police investigating rape allegation against Georgia LB Adam Anderson

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Athens-Clarke County (Georgia) police are investigating an allegation of rape against Georgia Bulldogs outside linebacker Adam Anderson, according to a police incident report obtained Thursday by the Athens Banner-Herald.

No arrest has been made, according to Athens-Clarke County Police Lt. Shaun Barnett, who said he did not know if charges will be filed.

“It’s still open and still under investigation,” Barnett said. “It’s depending on how the investigation plays out that will determine that.”

A 21-year-old female told police she went to an Athens residence between midnight and 7 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 after having drinks and awoke with Anderson penetrating her while she was lying in bed.

She told police that it was nonconsensual and she was able to leave, according to the report.

The woman reported the alleged rape at 2:39 p.m. the same day at the Athens-Clarke County police eastside police department. The department's Criminal Investigations Division interviewed her.

The Georgia football team left that day for its game with Florida in Jacksonville, a game Anderson played. Anderson had not been contacted as of the date of the police incident report, which was also on Oct. 29. Barnett said he couldn’t disclose if Anderson has since been contacted.

Georgia linebacker Adam Anderson before a September game against Vanderbilt.
Georgia linebacker Adam Anderson before a September game against Vanderbilt.

“We are aware of the report and we don’t comment on law enforcement matters, but I’ve been clear about the high standards we have for our student-athletes on and off the field," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said in a statement Thursday evening. "I will be working closely with our administration to ensure we cooperate fully with all law enforcement and campus protocols. “

Smart didn't mention any specific discipline for Anderson, but ESPN reported he's suspended indefinitely, citing sources.

A message sent to Anderson seeking comment was not immediately returned.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Anderson, 22, is a senior from Rome, Georgia, who is being projected as an NFL first-round draft pick.

He leads No. 1 Georgia with five sacks, is second with 5½ tackles for loss and fifth with 32 totals tackles.

Georgia plays Missouri at noon ET on Saturday in Athens.

If you are a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence, The Cottage in Athens has a 24/7 hotline 1-877-363-1912 and can provide assistance. Additionally, UGA has resources listed here: https://www.police.uga.edu/campus-safety/emergencies/report-emergencies/2087-reporting-crime-of-sexual-nature. If you are in immediate danger or would like to report directly to police, call 911.

This article originally appeared on Athens Banner-Herald: Georgia linebacker Adam Anderson accused of rape; police investigating