Protestors Target Northgate Bar, Owners

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

Student protestors picket a Northgate bar where the owners are being investigated for the sexual assault of a co-ed.

Armed with signs and pamphlets, the group urged Northgate patrons to boycott the nightclub Thursday night.

The couple accused of the assault have not been formally charged with a crime. The case is still under investigation with the results of DNA tests pending.

The woman making the accusations has filed a civil lawsuit against the bar's owners claiming they drugged and raped her in December, 2007.

In August of 2008 the woman filed a civil complaint against the owners of the nightclub. The 23-year old woman alleges she was drugged and sexually assaulted after the owners offered her a ride home.

In documents filed last year by her attorney, the woman claims last December of 07 she was intoxicated at the club when the offer was made. But instead of taking her to her home, she says was driven to their home.

She alleges she was given a pill to help her sleep. The next thing she remembers, she awoke in a strange house dressed in different clothes.

The woman says she called police and went to the College Station Medical Center where a rape test was performed.

College Station police confirm the incident is under investigation but because the case is on going police can not comment on it.

"At this point, the criminal investigation has not resulted in any arrests, presentation to a Brazos County grand jury or any other criminal accusation," said Lane Thibodeaux, attorney for the defendants.

"The filing of this lawsuit reveals that this is really about money. My clients look forward to having the opportunity, in the appropriate forum, to answer these allegations," said Thibodeaux.

The plaintiff's attorney, Ty Clevenger, said, "If the defendants are so ready to prove their innocence, why won't they offer a DNA sample? And why did they hire a private detective to try to dig up dirt on my client?"

Clevenger added, "We will get a DNA sample one way or another. The cops will serve a search warrant, and we will serve a subpoena."

Because anybody can file a civil lawsuit, News 3 has decided not to publish the names of either party. If at some point College Station police make an arrest in the case or the Brazos County District Attorney's office files charges against someone, then KBTX will name the suspects in the case.

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