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Duke fraternity suspended as police investigate rape claim

Posted January 20, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015

— A fraternity at Duke University has been temporarily suspended as Durham police investigate a second-degree rape case involving a student who reported being assaulted after attending a party earlier this month.

According to a Jan. 13 search warrant affidavit, a woman reported waking up on Jan. 9 only in a T-shirt following a party the night before at a house at 2505 Chapel Hill Road, which, according to the university, is leased by members of Alpha Delta Phi.

The woman told police she had a mixed drink at the party and later drank what she thought to be hot chocolate, the affidavit states.

She also said she refused a fraternity member when he allegedly led her to his upstairs room prior to her second drink. The last thing the woman said she remembers was dancing with friends.

When she awoke the next afternoon, the leggings she had been wearing were on the floor next to the bed and they appeared to be torn, she said, and her cellphone was broken.

She did receive two messages at 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 9 from an unknown phone number, according to the search warrant. The first read, "Yo," and the second: "Ha ha, you went back with a kid I know … you're screwed!!"

"At this point in time, (the) investigation is ongoing, and we're hopeful that anyone who has any information about that assault or may have been present at that party on Jan. 8, that they'll come forward and give us information relative to it," Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said.

He would not say if police have a suspect or suspects, or if the residents of the house were being cooperative.

"We're speaking to various people at this point," Lopez said.

According to the search warrant, police seized a comforter, mattress, condom, pictures, video, cups and what was only referred to as "liquid samples" and "swab samples."

No one answered Tuesday at the house. The front door was broken, and it appeared to have been bashed in. From the outside looking in, the floor appeared to be littered with beer cans and plastic foam cups full of dark liquid.

Duke University released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying that it is cooperating with police.

"Pursuant to Duke’s policy, the fraternity has been placed on interim suspension until further notice," the statement read. "As this case is now being actively investigated by the Durham Police Department, Duke will not have any further comment at this time."


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  • Bart Iannetta Jan 21, 2015
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    And you know me you hypocrite! You assumed something about me, but I can't assume something about you? Sounds like you're a Republican!

  • K Hope Capps Jan 21, 2015
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    What, pray tell, do you think sexual assault IS if it is not rape?

  • K Hope Capps Jan 21, 2015
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    If she was drugged then this is exactly right. The blame lies solely with the person who drugged the drink. She has a reasonable expectation of not being drugged.

  • common tater Jan 21, 2015

    If the men are guilty, I hope they end up with very long prison sentences. If it’s another story like VA, then I hope she does some time. Hopefully there’s enough evidence to find the truth. But there’s no denying that going to parties that focus on alcohol abuse, drugs, and hook-ups is a bad decision…one that many of us have made at one time or another.

  • ytb781pearl Jan 21, 2015

    Too bad young girls are so trusting. Boys like these are the worst of the worst. I remember how their fathers acted.

  • Boxtruck Charlie Rides Again Jan 21, 2015

    She would have been better off just staying in Jersey and going to Rutgers.

  • Boxtruck Charlie Rides Again Jan 21, 2015

    Well at least this time around it did not involve the lacrosse team or a drunken stripper.

  • Obama-in-2016 Jan 21, 2015

    I read the fictional piece that Rolling Stone Magazine wrote and it was very alarming in a fake kind of made up way.

  • Kaitlyn Legare Jan 21, 2015
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    Apparently that's the thinking of some of these posters. It's open season on any woman who has impaired judgement from too much alcohol. It seems to be some sort of male entitlement attitude among a few "special" men. I guess sober, clear-headed women present to much of a sexual challenge to them.

  • Susan Olvera Jan 21, 2015
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    And here come the misogynistic comments.