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Raiders Draft Pick CB Gareon Conley Still Under Investigation for Rape

The Raiders drafted cornerback Gareon Conley in April despite a rape accusation against him, confident a police investigation would clear their first-round pick and hopeful the matter would be resolved before training camp.

Instead, an overlap between Conley’s legal issue and camp appears unavoidable, although there is still time before practices begin in earnest, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Conley remained unsigned as Raiders rookies reported to camp Monday morning. Veteran players are scheduled to report on Friday and the first full-squad practice comes Saturday at 11 a.m. in Napa, California.

“Detectives have had meetings with the prosecutor’s office,” said Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia, a public information officer for the Cleveland Division of Police. “They would still classify it as being under investigation. No official charges have been filed. … They haven’t ruled it closed. The official statement is it still remains under investigation.”

Ciaccia declined Monday to provide a timetable for when that conclusion will come or specific detail into what has dictated the investigation’s pace thus far.

A woman accused Conley, 22, of rape in a Cleveland hotel room this April. Conley’s lawyer has publicly characterized a sexual event between the two as consensual.

The Raiders and Conley issued statements in April expressing a belief in his innocence. Both also hoped that a resolution in the matter would have arrived by now.

Conley met with police detectives on May 1. He has not met with them since, Ciaccia said.

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