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Lucien Kidd, Chukwudi Ndudikwa, Tevin Mgbo, Malcolm Frank

ATLANTA -- Three Morehouse College athletes have been accused of rape and other charges.

Chukwudi Ndudikwa and Malcolm Frank face rape and aggravated sodomy charges.  Tevin Mgbo is looking at charges of aggravated sodomy, kidnapping and reckless conduct.

According to court documents the incident involving those three suspects happened March 8 at the East Suites.

The victim told police there was a party celebrating Spring Break and then they went to a club.

The victim says she admits drinking some alcohol but says she did not use drugs, and does not remember much of what happened at the club or afterward.

Several witnesses say the victim did have sex with several men in several rooms, and one witness says the victim used a drug.

One witness also said the victim was drunk, dancing, fell and hit her head.

One of the victim's friends says he tried to help her but she would not allow it. He told police she kept hitting him and even picked up a knife and tried to stab him saying she knew what she was doing. He says the next morning the victim was unaware of what happened and he took her to the hospital.

Another witness says some of the suspects came and confronted the victim about the rape accusations. That witness said he told them "no one forced her to do it but she was not fully aware of where she was or what she was doing".

Once campus police were told of the incidents, they identified and arrested the men.

As reported from Morehouse College, students who violate the school's code of conducts and the law will receive disciplinary actions, which could mean dismissal from the college.

In an unrelated incident, Lucien Kidd was arrested and charged with rape in April.

Head football coach Rich Freeman said Kidd tried out for the football team in 2010, but he never made the cut. Kidd came out during Fall camp that year, but by the time the 2010 season started, he did not make the roster.

11Alive News contacted the Maroon Tigers Athletic Director, Andre Pattillo Wednesday afternoon. He refused to comment.

Morehouse College police and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office are working together to investigate each case.

Meanwhile, several students 11 Alive spoke with in the Atlanta University Center complex didn't know about the incident.

Many, especially women, were upset the dorm incident happened on March 8th and the university still hadn't told them.

"I guess the school's trying to keep it on a low key thing; they did a great job of doing it 'cause no one found about it, no one," said Morehouse student Richard Washington.

"That's terrible, you know, you send you child to school for education and a safe environment...make connections and friends," said Morehouse student Jonathan Saxon.

"It's sad that something like that...happened on campus," he added.

"I feel like we should all be informed about what's going on in the community, seeing as there's three colleges here," said Clark Atlanta student Deshemika Benton.

"The public safety in the area is more reactive than proactive, which leaves us to defend ourselves," said Clark Atlanta student Marquet Cross.

Veteran prosecutor Al Dixon spent 27 years in the Fulton County District Attorney's office, many of them as deputy DA. He said this case is a complicated one.

"If you voluntarily drink to the point that you're still conscious, that's one thing," he said. "But if you drank so much to the point that you pass out and then someone takes advantage of you, that's a different thing."

"In this particular case, it appears that she was conscious and not unconscious. That would be tough for the prosecution. What this boils down to is whether the defendants in this particular case thought that she had given a valid consent."

Dixon said the district attorney's office will likely investigate over the next few months and re-interview eyewitnesses before deciding whether to indict.

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