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Brown University Told to Show Fundraiser Record in Rape Case

October 10, 2011

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Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Brown University was ordered by a federal judge to produce fundraising documents from an alumnus whose daughter accused a fellow student of rape.

U.S. District Judge John McConnell in Providence, Rhode Island, granted a request by William McCormick III, who was accused of rape in a school internal investigation, and his parents to compel the university to produce the records of Richard Dresdale, the father of the alleged victim, within 14 days, according to an order dated Oct. 7.

The McCormicks sued Brown, the student who said she was raped, and her father in October 2009, claiming that the university falsely accused McCormick of sexual assault. In an amended complaint filed in December 2009, the McCormicks said that the Dresdales had libeled their son and caused him to be expelled from the college.

Dresdale is “an alumnus of Brown and has raised very substantial sums of money for Brown,” the McCormicks said in the complaint.

The plaintiffs sought information on Dresdale’s fundraising activities for Brown from January 2000 through the present. Brown, located in Providence, argued in court papers that Dresdale, not the university, should be the source of the information.

Marisa Quinn, a spokeswoman for Brown, didn’t immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment on the order. Brown is closed today for the Columbus Day holiday.

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McCormick, whose family lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin, was a nationally ranked wrestler in high school, according to court papers. He was awarded a scholarship to Brown, enrolled in September 2006 and was sent home two weeks later, court records show. A court filing states that he agreed to give up his education and scholarship “under duress and under the implied threat of false criminal rape charges.”

No criminal complaint was filed in the alleged incident.

The case is McCormick v. Dresdale, 09-00474, U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island (Providence).

--Editors: Fred Strasser, Glenn Holdcraft

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