Attorney: OU running back passes polygraph exam after being accused of rape
NORMAN, Okla. – After being accused of rape, an attorney for an OU running back says he is working to clear his name.
Earlier this week, a woman filed a protective order against 21-year-old Rodney Anderson, claiming that he raped her.
According to court documents, the woman claims that she met Anderson while out drinking on Nov. 16. She says that she initially planned to take an Uber home, but Anderson’s friends were adamant about him driving her home.
She reportedly told officials that all she remembered of that night was kissing Anderson and vomiting. But, on the weekend of Dec. 2, she said she started talking to her friends and remembered that Anderson forced himself on her.
A police report was filed with the Norman Police Department on Dec. 4. In the protective order, the woman said she was scared for her safety because the alleged rape “happened in my apartment.”
So far, no arrests have been made.
After the allegations came to light, Anderson’s attorney, Derek Chance, released the following statement on his behalf:
“Mr. Anderson first learned of Ms. ********’s request for a civil protective order late yesterday evening. Mr. Anderson is shocked and disturbed by Ms. *******’s claims. The allegations are patently false. Mr. Anderson did not, nor would he ever, force himself on any woman.
There are undoubtedly true victims of sexual assault, for whom Mr. Anderson carries a tremendous amount of compassion. However, there are those accused of sexual assault which they unequivocally did not commit- as is the case for Mr. Anderson. It is incumbent on our community to reserve judgment and to treat this allegation on its own merit. We are confident that when authorities have all of the information surrounding this circumstance, Mr. Anderson will be completely exonerated of any wrongdoing, and he looks forward to the conclusion of this investigation so he can focus on his obligations as a student-athlete.”
Now, Anderson's attorney says the OU running back is taking steps to clear his name.
On Friday, Chance announced that Anderson underwent a polygraph examination that determined that he was telling the truth.
"This week we have worked to demonstrate Mr. Anderson's innocence. That work included a polygraph examination of Mr. Anderson. The examination was conducted Tuesday afternoon by retired FBI polygraph examiner Bill Brown. As expected, the results showed Mr. Anderson is honest and truthful in his denial of the allegations. As our work continues toward a final resolution, Mr. Anderson is incredibly thankful for the generous and overwhelming outpouring of support he has received from friends and family," Chance said in a statement.
According to documents sent to News 4, the polygraph examination lasted three hours and Anderson was asked multiple questions regarding the rape accusations.
"Anderson denied the allegations, and the results of the polygraph examination, in my opinion, were Not Indicative of Deception; he was not practicing deception in his replies to relevant questions asked of him on this test. My professional training and experience lead me to the conclusion that these results are accurate," a statement from Brown, the polygraph examiner, read.
Anderson’s hearing is scheduled for Dec.18.