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Two of the three girls who spent part of the weekend with members of the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team say sexual activities with four of the players were consensual.

But a third girl told police she "sort of consented" but felt afraid and was hurt by the sexual encounter.Salt Lake police released late Tuesday a previously restricted police report concerning the incident. The report mentions seven first names. Six of the names correspond to the first names of Portland players.

Four players are under investigation for sexual misconduct involving two 16-year-old Murray girls, police say. A third girl, 15, is not believed to have engaged in sex with any of the players.

The girls' stories were discovered after they were arrested for shoplifting Sunday.

Sex-crimes detectives continued to investigate the incident Wednesday but could not say whether any charges would be filed against any NBA players.

If an adult has consentual sex with a 16- or 17-year-old, Utah law gives prosecutors few options. "The very best you could come up with would be a class B (misdemeanor) fornication," Chief Deputy Salt Lake County Attorney Bud Ellett said.

County attorneys would be kept pretty busy doing little else if fornication cases were prosecuted, Ellett said. However, certain situations could result in a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Ellett said.

The 15-year-old told the Deseret News that one of her friends had sexual intercourse with at least three different team members while the second girl had sex with one player. But she said she witnessed the girls willingly participate and encourage the players' advances.

"It wasn't rape," the 15-year-old said. "I will go before a judge and say there was no force and there was no rape."

The first girl told police she "sort of consented" to having intercourse with a specific player, according to the report. At one point she pushed him away. But the man continued making advances. She said she was "too afraid and didn't know what to do" and felt the whole episode had been her fault, the report says. She said the player "had hurt her and she was very uncomfortable."

The second 16-year-old girl said she had sex with three players, according to the police report. But she told the Deseret News on Wednesday she had sex with four players. She said she consented to the activity but did not want her parents to know.

That girl said one of the players told the girls the team was coming back to Salt Lake City for another game and asked, "How am I supposed to get ahold of you when we come back in April?"

The 16-year-old said she "enjoyed" having sex with the men, except the third player. "I felt pressured with that guy," she said. Still, she doesn't want criminal charges filed against the players because "they were just looking to have fun, and I told them I was 19."

When the girl awoke Sunday morning in one player's bed, he told the 16-year-old he was relieved he or other players didn't have sex with the 15-year-old. "They said they were glad they didn't do (the 15-year-old) because they said they would have gotten in a lot of trouble if anyone had found out. It was all supposed to be hush-hush. We weren't supposed to tell anybody."

The girl said she just wants the whole situation to be over. "Those guys should just go about their business, and I'll go about mine."

She and her parents plan to seek counseling, she said, "so that I can learn to say, `no,' basically."

All three girls indicated that each of the players used condoms.

The 15-year-old said the episode began Saturday when she and her friends met some Trail Blazers in the eatery at the Crossroads Plaza. One of the players was listening to headphones and appeared to be dancing.

"Yea, we were staring, you know, and I guess we caught their attention. They thought we were hooked on them or something," she said.

After asking the girls what there was to do in Salt Lake City, the players allegedly invited the girls to their hotel that evening and gave them a room number at the adjoining Marriott Hotel.

That night, the girl said she and her two friends were inside one of the rooms watching television when one unidentified player asked, "Have you ladies ever had sex? And we said, `Yes, we have.' "

One of the 16-year-old girls told the players she was 19. The others, ages 15 and 16, said they were 17 years old.

The 15-year-old told police she became frightened when the players continued talking about sex and she left. She came back several times, however, to try and convince the second girl to leave with her and witnessed sexual activities taking place, the report says.

At some point, the three girls left the hotel rooms. But the 15-year-old said the second girl called one of the player's rooms and asked if they could stay the night with them because they couldn't find a ride home. The player agreed after the girls said they would have sex.

The 15-year-old, who insists she did not participate in sex and said a hospital test later confirmed it, said she later fell asleep in one of the rooms and woke up to see a Trail Blazer and the first girl "getting busy."

Later at the hospital, after hearing the first girl say she'd been raped, the 15-year-old refuted the girl's story by telling police she saw the girl take off her clothes and climb into bed, according to the report.

"I faked like I was asleep because I was so embarrassed," the 15-year-old said. "I saw it."

The 15-year-old girl told police she was "threatened and coerced but still would not submit to the players' demands." But the girl told the Deseret News the players stopped badgering her after she told them she definitely would not participate, and they left her alone.

"They said, `We'll give you an E.' I said, `An E?' and they said, `An E for effort.' "

The girls told police that the players had beer in the room and had been drinking, but the girls denied that they had been drinking.

The allegations of misconduct came to light Sunday when the three Murray girls were arrested for shoplifting at Nordstrom inside Crossroads. The girls took four gold rings, a body suit and a watchband and concealed the items as they left the store, a police report says.

Security detained the girls and called police, who discovered that the girls were listed as runaways. Their parents and guardians had not heard from them since Friday. The sexual-misconduct complaint was filed when the parents picked up the girls and learned they had been staying with the Trail Blazers.

The mother of the other 16-year-old girl said that even if the sex was consensual, the players' actions were wrong and she believes they should be punished.

The father of the other 16-year-old told the Deseret News he couldn't understand why the professional basketball players would have sex with minors when they can buy anything they want. But he doesn't believe his daughter is blameless.

"She misled them. She lied to them. She won't tell us the whole story," he said of his daughter. "The guys are guilty. The girls are guilty. The players should act like adults, though, and use common sense and be honest."

The father said he believes pressing charges would cause more damage than good, particularly because he said his daughter consented to the sex and lied about her age.

"Some indiscretion shouldn't cause a national problem for the NBA," he said. "I don't think there was a rape."

When asked whether he is outraged at what happened, the guardian of the 15-year-old girl said, "I'm not worried nearly as much as the other two parents. I don't believe she had any sex."

Chartese Berry, assistant director of media relations for the National Basketball Association in New York, said the league had no comment on the investigation.