DA's Office: Rape charges against UNM football player, college student dismissed

Posted at: 06/24/2014 6:11 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4



The District Attorney's Office on Tuesday confirmed charges against a UNM football player and another college student accused in a rape case have been dismissed.

According to spokeswoman Kayla Anderson, the district attorney has temporarily dismissed charges against Lobo football player Crusoe Gongbay and Ryan Ruff. They also anticipate dropping charges against the other football player accused in the case, SaQwan Edwards.

However, the charges may be refiled at any point, Anderson said.

“I just want my dignity back," said Ruff.

Ruff and his lawyer, George Anthony Bleus, held a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Bleus said he wants prosecutors to throw out the entire case.

"At this time, we are awaiting a complete case from UNMPD," Anderson wrote in a statement. "In addition, we are reviewing DNA evidence.  We will review all evidence once it is available and make our determination.  It would be inappropriate for us to try this case in the media."

In April, the alleged victim told police she was gang raped by Ruff and the two football players.

Police said the alleged victim told them the three men raped her while driving in a blue BMW. Police also said the victim told them Ruff pulled a gun on her.

Bleus showed reporters five, brief cell phone videos on Tuesday. He said the videos show the alleged victim giving lap dances and having sex with one of the men on a bed. He said the videos show she was not in danger or intoxicated.

"The videos I’ve shown you are videos of the complainant in numerous sexual positions with my client,” said Bleus. “Showing consensual sex and also showing sex in a place other than a motor vehicle, which was reported in the criminal complaint."

Bleus also criticized the way UNM Police handled the investigation. He said police failed to get surveillance video from outside of a dorm room that would have proved the sex was consensual.

Edwards and Gongbay were both suspended from the team indefinitely.

UNM football coach Bob Davie has stayed silent throughout the investigation, saying he cannot comment.