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Warrants: Phone records associate fraternity members with Duke rape case

Posted January 22, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015

— Search warrants released Thursday indicate how investigators are piecing together a second-degree rape case involving a Duke University student who reported being assaulted after attending an off-campus party earlier this month.

While attending a Jan. 8 party at a Chapel Hill Road home leased by members of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, the woman said she drank what she thought was "hot chocolate."

“When she drank it, she said it did not taste like it had any alcohol in it so she thought she was safe,” the warrants said. "The last thing she remembered was dancing with her friends before she woke up the next afternoon with a T-shirt she did not recognize, no bra and no underwear."

The leggings she wore, which were on the ground next to her bed, appeared to be torn, the warrants said.

The student then went to Duke University Hospital to complete a rape kit, which showed sexual activity, the warrants said. The woman said she does not remember having sex.

One fraternity member was alone in the woman's room for 30 minutes, the documents said.

Investigators reviewed phone records of the student and several fraternity members, including a text asking one if another needed help getting to her dorm. The student's phone pinged on Chapel Hill Road, the location of her dorm, and South LaSalle Street, where a fraternity member lives, the warrants said.

The student told investigators she does not know anyone who lives on South LaSalle Street, nor does she remember being in that area Jan 9.

Investigators seized electronic items from the South LaSalle Street home, including a cellphone that showed texts between two fraternity members regarding the student.

In total, cellphones were collected from three fraternity members, two of whom also submitted DNA samples, the warrants said. A person "rushing" to join the fraternity also had his cellphone and DNA sample taken.

WRAL has not listed the names of those named in the search warrants because they have not been charged with a crime.

No arrests have been made as of Thursday. The fraternity has been placed under interim suspension by the school.


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  • Steve Faulkner Jan 23, 2015
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    Yes, I do, the difference is what?

  • glarg Jan 23, 2015

    There ought to be some sort of law that the media is forced to run just as many stories on the debunking of an event as when they are ginning up outrage.

    We'd still be getting apologies for the "shot in the back" reporting from Ferguson.

    And the text messages in this case are very odd too.

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Jan 23, 2015

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    In other words you think this is her fault.....I bet you spend a large portion of your life complaining about things you could have prevented too and I am willing to put money on the fact none of them come close to being raped in the trauma department.

  • Tammy Rush Jan 23, 2015
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    You also apparently think that a hired female stripper who makes an allegation of rape is comparative to a female party guest who makes an allegation of rape. (??)

  • common tater Jan 23, 2015

    My heart goes out to her and her family, and I hope the guys do serious time if it's true. But in my day a "lady" didn't go to a party known to be for alcohol abuse, hookups, and drugs. Surround yourself with people of moral character that can be trusted, and you don't have to worry about sitting your drink down.

  • Hecate Jan 23, 2015

    Young women need to be reminded of the following rule: If you didn't see them make it ... don't take it!! ... even at a bar when someone buys you a drink. Never sit your drink down anywhere and come back and get it, either. Sad we live in this world, but women have to be proactive. I feel bad for this girl and hope justice is served

  • Flyfisher69 Jan 23, 2015

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    LMAO!!! Frat boys, LACROSSE players. Same thing. I knew they were Lacrosse players when I typed it.

  • Cricket at the lake Jan 23, 2015

    Time for the Duke professors to take out a full page ad condemning the students. After all, facts don't matter when it "could" have happened.

  • Tammy Rush Jan 23, 2015
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    "Duke Frat boys, check."

    Actually, no. They were members of the lacrosse team, they weren't associated with a fraternity even if they belonged to one.

    "Do you know who Crystal Mangum is?"

    Yes. She was a stripper hired to perform at a party hosted by members of the lacrosse team. The young lady in question was a guest at a party hosted by members of a fraternity.

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Jan 23, 2015

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    It's Obama's drones mixed with Clinton's "smart bombs"...DUH!