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Originally published January 10, 2011 at 8:41 PM | Page modified January 11, 2011 at 11:44 AM

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Huskies athlete under investigation for sexual assault

Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel did not identify the suspect but confirmed there is "an active and ongoing sexual assault unit investigation." KIRO-TV identified the suspect as a "prominent" athlete.

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A University of Washington student-athlete is under investigation in the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl on Saturday.

Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel did not identify the suspect but confirmed there is "an active and ongoing sexual assault unit investigation." KIRO-TV identified the suspect as a "prominent" athlete.

The UW declined to comment on the investigation but issued a statement that read, "Neither department officials, nor members of the UW men's basketball coaching staff or team will comment on the matter at [Tuesday's] open media session."

KIRO-TV said the alleged victim is from the Eastside.

The suspect and victim allegedly met on Facebook, started texting and then met at an apartment near Garfield High School on Saturday, according to KIRO-TV, which interviewed the girl on Monday.

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