Greg Russell & wife arrested for rape of student & Son Fred Fugitive
Posted in the Alliance Forum
#1 Mar 6, 2009
A former WSU criminal justice dean and the father of convicted drunk driver Fred Russell will not be charged with rape.
Prosecutors in Jonesboro, Arkansas report that Greg Russell and his wife will not be prosecuted due to a lack of evidence.
Deputy Prosecutor Mike Walden said Friday they could not prove the allegations against Greg Russell and his wife Ellen Lemley beyond a reasonable doubt.
"Obviously, we've reviewed statements of witnesses that indicated to us that there was a, certainly, a reasonable doubt as to whether or not this was forcible ... and based on that we didn't think it was appropriate to ask a jury to convict when we didn't think there was proof beyond a reasonable doubt," Walden said.
A 25-year-old student at the University of Arkansas in Jonesboro came forward back in May claiming the Russell drugged her drinks at a Jonesboro restaurant and then took her back to their home and raped her.
The woman didn't report the alleged rape for almost a month.
A police detective who investigated the case said the delay made it difficult to prove because any physical evidence was lost.
Greg Russell told a Jonesboro newspaper the sex was consensual but he declined to speak to detectives. The detective said he interviewed 30 to 40 people and even searched Russell and Lemley's computers but did not find any evidence.
Previously Russell was the director of the criminal justice department at WSU when his son Fred drove drunk and caused the crash that killed three people back in June of 2001. He left for a position at a university in Arkansas soon after his son Fred disappeared and fled the country.
Greg Russell,born & raised in Alliance, Alumni of Mt Union, Professor & Author
Greg Russell and his wife, another criminology professor, resigned before they were fired from the university after this rape allegation came out.
There was a lot of speculation as to whether or not Greg helped his son run but investigators did not find enough evidence to prove it.
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