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STUDENT RAPE TRIAL EXPECTED TO CONCLUCDE

August 28, 1999

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The retrial of a man accused of raping a Kansas University sophomore last year at a residence hall continued Thursday with testimony from the alleged victim's mother.

The young woman "was too trusting," the mother said. "She'd never had anything bad happen to her."

The young woman's parents became worried last fall when they didn't hear from their daughter for a few days, the mother said. When she finally called, she asked them to come to Lawrence for a talk,

When they arrived, she told them she'd been raped by a fellow student she'd met at "Late Night with Roy Williams," according to testimony.

The mother said her daughter initially offered few details about what she says happened to her Oct. 17.

"We didn't push the issue," the mother testified. "We could tell she was upset."

The young woman is not alleging the fellow student forced her to have intercourse with him, but the sexual activities she described to police fit the legal description of rape.

Defense attorney Don Smith has argued that the woman's story contains numerous inconsistencies. The alleged rapist claimed at his first trial that he and the woman had consensual oral sex.

The man's first trial on the rape charge ended in a hung jury in June. The jury acquitted him of a sexual battery charge involving a second woman but found him guilty of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

A man who called the alleged victim during the reported attack also testified Thursday. The defense has argued that the woman and the man who called were romantically involved and that the woman lied about what happened that night.

The trial is expected to conclude today. Six men and six women are sitting on the jury.

-- Deb Gruver's phone message number is 832-7165. Her e-mail address is dgruver@ljworld.com.

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