One day after the District Attorney’s Office filed official notice that three young men who had been accused of rape would not be prosecuted due to insufficient evidence, the attorney for one of them told reporters his client was finally vindicated.
Attorney George Anthony Bleus, left, sits back Wednesday while his client, CNM student Ryan Ruff, tells reporters how relieved he is to be vindicated. The District Attorney’s Office decided not to pursue charges against Ruff and two UNM football players who were accused of gang-raping a young woman in April. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)
George Anthony Bleus represents Ryan Ruff, a Central New Mexico Community College student who was accused of gang-raping a 19-year-old UNM student in April. Also accused were University of New Mexico football players Crusoe Gongbay and SaQwan Edwards.
“I’m just blessed at the end of the day,” said Ruff, who hopes one day to join the UNM football squad.
Bleus thanked several witnesses for their courage in coming forward to testify. “People hear the word ‘rape’ and everyone runs the other way,” he said.