IU student police cadet resigns following alleged rape at residence hall

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (May 5, 2015) – A student cadet with the Indiana University Police Department is accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old student at a campus residence last month.

According to IU spokesman Mark Land, the man in question was employed by IUPD as a part-time police cadet. The student was suspended without pay immediately following the report and has since resigned from the force.

The alleged rape happened between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on April 24 in the 1800 block of East 10th Street. The woman said the man came into her room while she was with a friend.

An IU spokesperson confirms the victim and police cadet lived in the same on campus residence hall. Officials said they did not put out a notification about the alleged incident because there was no ongoing threat and police knew who was involved.

According to Bloomington Police, there was “some level of intoxication” on both sides and both the man and his accuser were previously acquainted. The man ended up in the woman’s bed, which is where police said the sexual assault took place.

The woman reported the incident around 1:50 p.m. on the same day at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Detectives said both parties provided different accounts of what happened; the man said he was invited while the woman said he wasn’t.

IUPD originally responded to the case because the incident happened on campus. The department turned the investigation over to Bloomington Police after learning one of its officers was accused. As soon as the allegations came to light, IUPD suspended the man without pay pending an investigation.

The investigation was turned over to the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office. The incident is also being investigated by IU's Office of Student Ethics.

IU has a variety of resources dedicated to stopping sexual violence.

"Get involved talk to your friends, start the conversation find ways to get involved and that can be simply by talking about what's right or wrong and helping and supporting those who have been a victim of sexual assault," said Emily Springston, Chief of Student Welfare and Title IX Officer for IU.

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