Sex-assault case dropped against ex-NIU officer

November 28, 2012

The Associated Press

SYCAMORE, Ill. — Charges have been dropped against a former Northern Illinois University police officer accused of sexually assaulting a student in October 2011.

The case had been plagued by questions over whether the NIU police department intentionally withheld information that might have aided the former officer's defense.

Prosecutors decided to drop the charges after hearing testimony Tuesday that raised further questions over the police department's handling of the case.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports that a computer forensics expert testified that the police department's chief had him remove files from his laptop.

A lawyer for former officer Andrew Rifkin praised the decision to drop the case and insisted his client was innocent.

A student accused him of sexually assaulting her at his apartment.