Despite the fact his girlfriend said he didn't rape her, Colorado State University-Pueblo has suspended a student.
"I'm fine and I wasn't raped," said Grant Neal's girlfriend, who remains unnamed, Reason.com reports.
She continued, "Our stories are the same and he's a good guy. He's not a rapist, he's not a criminal, it's not even worth any of this hoopla!"
Authorities argue that Neal participated in non-consensual intercourse at one point while having sex with his partner on Oct. 25, 2015. The university has suspended Neal until his girlfriend graduates.
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"Grant was lying on top of me and I told him that I did not want to have sexual intercourse with him that is unprotected because I am not on any birth control," Neal's girlfriend explained, according to a university investigation reported by KCNC. "Although I told Grant no, Grant ended up penetrating me ... and I told him to stop. He stopped and pulled out from me immediately."
The woman says Neal then asked if she would be ok with him wearing a condom and continuing.
“I told Grant yes to the condom. Grant placed on the condom and we began to have protected sex at this point which I was okay with it,” she said.
A friend of the girlfriend reported Neal to authorities after learning he had sex with her.
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"I've been running around all day talking to so many people, trying to make things right!!!" the girlfriend texted Neal. "One of the other Athletic Training students screwed me over! … She went behind my back and told my AT advisor stuff that wasn’t true!!! I’m trying so hard to fix it all. I want to tell you what’s going on. Please!"
Now Neal, a student athlete and aspiring orthopedic surgeon, is suing his college and the federal government.
“It weighs on me because I see my life being ripped away from me for no justifiable reason,” said Neal.
Meanwhile, Neal’s attorney, Andrew Miltenberg, believes this is an example of gender discrimination.
“From the outset, Grant Neal was presumed guilty of sexual misconduct based on nothing more than hearsay and his own male gender,” Miltenberg said.
Yet some remain skeptical of Neal.
“Someone can acquiesce and give in to pressure but that doesn’t mean that’s what they want to do,” said Brie Akins of the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, who added it is common for girls to lie to protect their boyfriends.