WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Jan. 27, 2015) - We're learning more about the alleged rape that happened at a Purdue University fraternity house. According to court documents, the student charged in the case said he remembers the victim being in his room but not the encounter.
James Rendon, 20, told police he was intoxicated and did not remember having sexual contact with the victim, though he recalled her saying no. He said that recollection was "haunting" him.
It was Friday when news of the rape investigation at Acacia Fraternity became public. Authorities arrested Rendon and charged him with the crime.
Court documents reveal moments surrounding the alleged incident, one in which Rendon covered the girl's mouth and kept her from screaming, while he told other people who knocked on his door looking for the victim that he was asleep.
In the days after the incident Rendon and the victim's brother exchanged text messages, and he wrote an apology letter on Jan. 20 intended for the victim, saying he lacked self-control.
Purdue University suspended Rendon, and the fraternity was banned from university recognition. A preliminary investigation by the dean of students cites an unregistered event where alcohol was served to minors, along with the presence of illegal drugs and controlled substances, according to a spokesperson.
"Having the conversations about what can happen and how to make good choices is really important," said Rachelle Gardner, director of Adolescent and Youth Adult Services at Fairbanks.
Gardner points to this situation as another reminder for parents to talk to their kids about the realities and dangers of college drinking.
"They're drinking more. They're drinking in large quantities. They're drinking to black out. They're drinking to the point where they don't remember anything," she said.
The National Institute of Health calls college drinking widespread, saying four out of five students drink alcohol.
A Purdue University spokesperson told FOX59 there are ongoing education programs campus-wide, with some geared toward fraternities and sororities.
The incident remains under investigation by the school.