Judge dismisses NIU civil lawsuit over cop accused of rape

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DEKALB — A federal judge has ruled that the civil rights of a former Northern Illinois University police officer who’s accused of rape weren’t violated by mishandling of evidence in the case.

Andrew Rifkin claimed the university withheld transcripts of interviews with witnesses who said the relationship between him and the alleged victim was consensual. But a federal judge on Tuesday closed Rifkin’s civil lawsuit and dismissed the defendants, former NIU Chief of Police Donald Grady and NIU investigators Kartik Ramakrishnan and Jason John.

In February 2013, Grady was fired after the allegations against Rifkin.

Grady’s attorney tells The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle that he’s pleased the lawsuit was dismissed but it might not be enough to restore his client’s reputation.

The criminal case against Rifkin is still pending. He has pleaded not guilty.

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