Prosecutors from the LA District Attorney's Office have declined to file sexual assault charges against Trojan cornerback Eric Wright, citing insufficient evidence. Wright had been arrested on suspicion of rape in March during USC spring drills.
"Basically, we came here today prepared to deny the allegations and commence our defense. And, for whatever reasons, the district attorney has decided not to proceed with the case, and for that we are grateful," defense attorney Carmen Trutanich told reporters outside court. "He (Wright) has been attending classes and looking forward to the time that he can rejoin his teammates.”
According to ABC news in Los Angeles, the DA's Office also decided not to charge him in connection with the drug Ecstasy, which was allegedly found in his room.
In a charge evaluation worksheet, Deputy District Attorney Christi Frey wrote that an 18-year-old fellow USC student who met Wright at a party was "intoxicated" that night. The woman alleged that he placed a blue pill that he said was ecstasy in her mouth when she left the party, and claimed that he "forcibly raped her in his apartment," according to the document.
The woman's "urine tested positive for MDMA (from ecstasy), and police found 136 pills in suspect's room that matched victim's description of the pill suspect gave her. These pills also tested positive for MDMA," Frey wrote. The case was referred to another prosecutor for possible filing of drug charges, but she, too, rejected the case due to insufficient evidence.
"A necessary witness who can establish furnishing and dominion and control of the drugs recovered is uncooperative and unwilling to testify because to do so would be injurious to their mental health," Deputy District Attorney Patricia Wilkinson wrote in her charge evaluation worksheet. "Without the testimony, there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the drugs belong to the defendant in light of the fact that the apartment in which they were found is occupied by the defendant and another individual," she wrote.
It is unclear at this point what the status is for Wright in terms of a potential return to the team as USC Student Affairs is still reviewing the situation.