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NIU police being investigated for withholding evidence in rape case

DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell has asked the Illinois State police to investigate the NIU Police Department for withholding evidence when an officer was accused of raping a student.

A judge ruled last Friday that the NIU police intentionally hid statements made by witnesses who said that the alleged victim told several people she had a consensual sexual relationship with former NIU police officer Andrew Rifkin.

Rifkin's attorney has asked for the charges to be dismissed. Judge Robbin Stuckert will make her ruling on Friday.

The alleged incident took place in October of 2011 when the female NIU student accused Rifkin of rape. He was fired the same day by the university.

2 NIU students apparently talked with police in November of last year about the case and the sexual relationship between the former officer and the girl.

2 NIU officers also allegedly told the victim not to discuss the case with anyone but police. Rifkin's attorney said that this is a violation of his due process rights.

Once again, a ruling is expected Friday in the case.


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