Ex-OSU student asks federal judge to force police to release information

Wednesday, November 1st 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A former Oklahoma State University student wants a federal judge to order the Stillwater Police Department to turn over information she believes will establish that she was raped last year by members of the OSU football team.

The petition was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Tulsa.

It says the information is needed for a potential civil lawsuit against OSU "and possible other state agencies, who may have actively participated in the concealment and cover-up of the offense."

Plaintiff's attorney Richard J. Gore of Oklahoma City said Tuesday that any such information also may be turned over to the Payne County District Attorney's Office.

Payne County prosecutors announced Nov. 30, 1999, that no charges would be filed in the aftermath of the alleged Nov. 21 assault during a party attended by football players at the rental home of kicker Tim Sydnes.

After the allegations surfaced, coach Bob Simmons suspended Evan Howell, J.B. Flowers, Alvin Porter and Marcellus Rivers for violations of team rules.

The complaint filed Tuesday identifies Flowers, Howell, Porter, Rivers and Sydnes as "potentially adverse parties" in a possible lawsuit.

Deputy Chief Ron Thrasher said Tuesday that Stillwater police made all of the evidence it gathered available to Payne County prosecutors last year.

Thrasher said the department will have no comment on the complaint until it has had an opportunity to review the claims.

The complaint alleges that Stillwater police have denied the requests of the woman, who now lives out of state, to review the evidence police gathered.