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Former KU student pleads guilty to battery after woman alleges she was sexually assaulted at fraternity house

June 23, 2011

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A former Kansas University student pleaded guilty to aggravated battery Thursday in a case where a woman alleged she was sexually assaulted at a KU fraternity last year.

Andrew John Hansen, 19, admitted Thursday in the plea Thursday afternoon that he had touched the 18-year-old woman in her vaginal area the night of Aug. 21.

District Judge Peggy Kittel convicted him of the charge. A trial in the case was scheduled for next week.

Prosecutors initially charged Hansen, who is no longer a KU student, with one count of rape, which carried a more severe punishment. Chief Assistant District Attorney Amy McGowan said as part of the plea agreement attorneys would ask Kittel to sentence him to 100 days in jail and serve three years of probation.

The female KU student, who is now 19, reported to Lawrence police that she was at the Delta Chi fraternity house, 1245 West Campus Road, and fell asleep in a room there.

“Once I realized she was non-responsive, I stopped,” Hansen told Kittel.

McGowan said prosecutors had evidence the woman woke up and alleged Hansen, who was an acquaintance, was touching her.

Defense attorney Tricia Tenpenny said in court both Hansen and the woman had consumed alcohol that night.

The woman called Lawrence police the next day when she returned to her residence hall, and officers arrested Hansen after they interviewed him.

Among other conditions of the plea agreement: Hansen must perform 100 hours of community service, complete a sex offender evaluation and have no contact with the victim.

According to state sentencing guidelines, he could face from 31 months to 11 years in prison, depending on his past criminal history, but both sides indicated they would ask Kittel to sentence him to probation.

McGowan told Kittel prosecutors had notified the victim about the plea agreement in the case.

Even though he won’t be sentenced until Sept. 30, Hansen is scheduled to begin serving his jail sentence later this week.

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

Comments

dncinnanc 4 years, 1 month ago

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bangaranggerg 4 years, 1 month ago

Underage drinking and sexual battery? At a Frat House? I have to sit down.

Robert Rauktis 4 years, 1 month ago

You don't need the "at" in your sentence. It's an awkward read, but if you're in advertising, not unexpected

kernal 4 years, 1 month ago

I think her user name is ku sad girl, not kus ad girl.

It's an awkward reply, but if you're not fully awake, not unexpected.

MarcoPogo 4 years, 1 month ago

Don't forget the question mark after "tutor me".

EarthaKitt 4 years, 1 month ago

Not to join the fray, but it's should HAVE - not should OF. It's frequently confused because of the informal contraction, "should've."

goodcountrypeople 4 years, 1 month ago

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Confrontation 4 years, 1 month ago

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naturalist 4 years, 1 month ago

Somehow I've missed what KU HR people have to do with this case....

squawkhawk 4 years, 1 month ago

I'm a little confused. Is touching considered rape? If not, then why was he initially charged with rape?

Kontum1972 4 years, 1 month ago

squawk...depends what u used to make contact....oh willie...!

Don Whiteley 4 years, 1 month ago

The punishment here doesn't sound like it fits the crime when both parties admitted being drunk and the girl admittedly sleeping in a frat house. A boy being caught in a car with his shoes off and with a girl used to be classified as rape as well. That doesn't necessarily make it so.

oldvet 4 years, 1 month ago

Too bad he didn't draw Paula Martin... two drunk kids who know each other, girl in bed in a fraternity house, only touching, this would have been a walk-away for him with only a short probation.

monkeywrench1969 4 years, 1 month ago

Since both parties were students, KU HR has programs that evaluate and make findings under their guidelines and programs that are independent of criminal investigations. They are civil similar to what you may have seen in other cases where they have to determine if a suspect has to be removed from the school or special conditions have to be followed to protect the victim on campus.

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