Left: Collin Finnerty leaves court after his arraigment
(Durham, NC) Two Duke University lacrosse players were arrested today on charges of raping and kidnapping a stripper hired to dance at a team party. The Durham DA may also charge a third person in the case.
Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty were charged with first degree forcible rape, first degree sexual offense, and kidnapping. Bond was set for each player at $400,000,
"It had been my hope to charge all three of the assailants at the same time, but the evidence available to me at this moment does not permit that," said District Attorney Mike Nifong. "Investigation into the identity of the third assailant will continue in the hope that he can also be identified with certainty."
Left:Seligman and Finnerty arrive for booking
A father of one of the lacrosse players not charged in the case vehemently denied that any team members were involved in criminal activity.
"I'm not an emotional person, but every day I cry. I have tears in my eyes. I feel like the world's been pulled underneath my feet," said Brian Loftus, of Syosset NY. "My kids, when you hear them sobbing on the phone that their lives are destroyed and you hear other people saying the same thing you wonder what went wrong. And we know nothing went wrong. I cannot stress that any more. Nothing happened that night."
The arrests stem from a party that was held on March 13. The accuser, who is a mother of two, a college student and an escort service dancer, told police March 14 that she was sexually assaulted by three men in a bathroom at a house shared by members of the lacrosse team. The accuser is black, and she said that her attackers were white.