Monday, February 28, 2011

Rape accusation recanted

Student faces university disciplinary action, criminal charges for filing false report

An Arkansas Tech student recanted an allegation of rape he filed last week, university officials said Monday.

Arkansas Tech’s Office of Public Safety issued a statement Monday stating the department had closed an investigation into the alleged assault of a student last week.

“The individual who reported the incident met with Arkansas Tech University Public Safety Officers over the weekend and admitted to filing a false report,” Gary Biller, vice president for student services, said in the statement. “The individual will face university disciplinary charges as well as criminal charges of filing a false police report.”

An incident report filed with Tech’s Office of Public Safety last week by an unidentified student alleged he had been raped Feb. 16 at Critz Hall.

The student told a Public Safety officer he was off campus smoking and saw a male who he had previously met through a mutual friend. The suspect asked if the student had a cigarette lighter, to which the student said he had an extra lighter in his dorm room the suspect could have, according to the report.

The student said while he was searching for a lighter, the suspect approached, restrained and sexually assaulted him.

The student was later transported to Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center for a sexual assault examination, according to a police report.