Authorities in Texas recently arrested a local college student for allegedly taking advantage of another student while she was intoxicated. The sexual assault charges were filed after a fraternity party took place at an off-campus house. Although he was originally taken to an area jail, he has since posted $50,000 bond.
The 20-year-old junior serves as president for the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. According to police reports, the woman who reported the apparent assault was given an unidentified drink while at the party. After drinking it, she supposedly became disoriented and was led outside by the fraternity president under the guise of getting some fresh air. The assault then allegedly occurred in a secluded area outside the house, where the woman claims she lost consciousness at one point.
Upon coming to, the woman located a friend, and the pair went to the hospital. Although it is unclear exactly what transpired at the hospital, it is possible that a rape kit was performed. The police were then notified sometime after the woman arrived at the hospital. Charges were quickly filed, and the arrest followed soon. The quick response is possibly related to the hefty criticism that Baylor University - - the college that both the alleged victim and defendant attend - - has faced for previous handling of sexual assault claims.
Concern for both potential victims of sexual assault and their alleged attackers is understandable, especially when an institution has not been entirely forthright in the past when it comes to handling such sensitive subjects. However, overreach of that concern can be dangerous. Regardless of what might have occurred in Texas in the past, each and every defendant has the right to a fair trial where his or her rights are maintained upheld to the letter of the law.
Source: wacotrib.com, "Baylor fraternity president charged with sexual assault", Kristin Hoppa, March 3, 2016