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Ex-KU student waives right to preliminary hearing in rape case

December 20, 2010

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A 19-year-old man who faces a rape charge in connection with an August incident at a Kansas University fraternity waived his right on Monday to a preliminary hearing.

The man’s attorney asked for a Feb. 4 hearing before setting a trial date.

“At that point, we’ll know whether this could be resolved or not,” defense attorney Tom Bath told Douglas County District Judge Peggy Kittel.

The man, who is no longer a KU student, faces one count of rape or an alternative count of aggravated sexual battery.

A female KU student reported to Lawrence police that on the night of Aug. 21 she was at the Delta Chi fraternity house, 1245 West Campus Road, and fell asleep in a room there. Prosecutors allege she was then sexually assaulted by the suspect, who was an acquaintance.

She called Lawrence police the next day when she returned to her residence hall, and officers later arrested the 19-year-old man after they interviewed him.

The Journal-World generally does not name suspects in sex-crime cases unless they are convicted.

The defendant remains free on $35,000 bond.

National fraternity officials have said they will not conclude their own review of the matter until the criminal case is resolved.

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kimk 4 years ago

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Kathy Roberts 4 years ago

That remark would have sounded great about 30 years ago.

gsxr600 4 years ago

Yep, but it got removed so no one will ever know what it said.

ksjayhawk74 4 years ago

Parents of young boys: This is a story that you should talk about with your Son(s) at length. It is a perfect real world example of what happens when a young man can not control himself.

Since this young man could not control himself, he's going to jail, he's out of college when he just started and probably had to forfeit his tuition, cost his family an exorbitant amount of money, brought shame to his family and even when he does get out of prison, he's going to have a rape conviction stuck to him for the rest of his life. Of course that doesn't even take into account the impact on the a woman but it is much easier for boys to be able to comprehend their own self-preservation, so it's a good starting point.

Kyle Reed 4 years ago

Here is a better starting point. There hasn't been a trial, he hasn't been convicted, and he hasn't been sentenced. Save your "advice" until it's appropriate as giving it now just makes you look clueless.

ksjayhawk74 4 years ago

So you're saying that young boys shouldn't learn to think about the consequences of their actions and control themselves?

chocolateplease 4 years ago

Regardless of the facts of this case, it's excellent advice for parents to be talking with their kids, including boys, about rape. And this case, even with as much that is not known about it, provides a great example of how things can go terribly wrong. Just because you're at a University amongst bright, socio-economically advantaged people does not mean you can't ruin your life with one night of poor choices.

Vinny1 4 years ago

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bearded_gnome 4 years ago

"ETOH is a mocker"

how much you bet that if this did happen, both were intoxicated.
age 19 and drunk. I just feel sad for him and for her. I hope she has support to cope with this, and that no serious physical consequences result. that the psych consequences can be healed with help for her.

I am sad that this young man is now paying a high price for being drunk and stupid. when I was 19, I was sometimes drunk and stupid too.
but then, I wasn't in a fraternity. they didn't admit people like me. guess I was lucky after all.

fangirl876 4 years ago

I find it interesting that the guy that is being charged with attempted rape of the girl on the bike path has his name released, but the frat boy that is being charged with rape has his name withheld. Both are sex offences and neither have been convicted so why the difference?

kimk 4 years ago

What do you want to bet that they both were intoxicated, did something that they both wanted to do, and the next morning she regretted it. However, because she is female she can basically say anything and the DA's around here will believe it. His life will be ruined with no consequences for her. This is what colleges students drinking too much gets them.

Linda Schwertfeger 4 years ago

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