Rugby Road exonerated as location of reported sexual assault

UVA Police now say alleged assault didn't take place on Rugby Road. Photo: Eric Kelley UVA Police now say alleged assault didn’t take place on Rugby Road. Photo: Eric Kelley

The University of Virginia Police Department report of a rape that allegedly took place on Rugby Road has been transferred to the Charlottesville Police Department after initial investigations found that the assault happened elsewhere.

UVA police Chief Michael Gibson sent out a “Your Right to Know” e-mail to the university community January 24 notifying it of a reported rape earlier that morning. The message said a female student was assaulted by two unknown males at a “student organization” on Rugby Road, a street well-known for housing the University of Virginia’s most popular fraternities and sororities.

However, UVA spokesperson Anthony de Bruyn says further investigation revealed that the sexual assault did not take place on Rugby Road and the case has since been turned over to the Charlottesville Police Department.

“The UVA Police Department has concluded that the sexual assault that was reported on Sunday morning did not occur on Rugby Road, but rather at a residence within the City of Charlottesville,” de Bruyn said in an email.

The Charlottesville Police Department confirmed that the case has switched hands, saying in a statement that the sexual assault actually occurred at a residence on 17th Street Northwest. No other information about the assault has been released at this time.