UNM police investigating allegations of rape at fraternity

Posted at: 04/08/2013 10:45 PM
Updated at: 04/09/2013 7:24 AM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

UNM students are reacting to allegations that a female student may have been drugged and raped during a fraternity party.

UNM’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon was already on probation for having a party with alcohol present, said a UNM official.

It is now on emergency suspension for having another party with alcohol where a young woman fears she may have been date raped.

SAE isn’t commenting on the allegations.

A sorority member told police she was at the fraternity’s party last Monday night.

She said she remembered hanging out with an SAE member.

"She knew that she had left the party and went into the subject’s room and then she woke up with the subject and spent the day with that subject,” said UNM Police Lt. Trace Peck. “She wasn't feeling well."

The 18-year-old went to a sexual assault nurse on campus.

That nurse called police as is required.

UNM Police Department is investigating whether the woman blacked out after being drugged.

The fraternity member says he didn’t have sex with the woman, said Peck.

Following the allegation, UNM officials met with sorority advisors.

They are urged to tell sorority members to use the Women’s Resource Center for help among other safety recommendations.

UNM officials confirm there are rumors there may be other alleged victims who’ve experienced the same at other fraternity parties at UNM.

"If there's anybody else out there we want people to know report it to police, report it to the dean of students, report it to us," said Debbie Morris with Student Activities.

Word of the allegation spread on campus Monday afternoon.

Graduate student Lily Manfredi says she used to go to fraternity parties.

"But I just kept hearing about stuff like that and so I stopped going so now that I'm not in my undergrad anymore I won't go near those houses," said Manfredi.

Other students are rallying around the house.

"It is kind of shocking,” said sorority member Celeste Lara. “I would hope [allegations aren’t true] and I will pray for the boys.”

Asked why she will pray for the fraternity, Lara said, “we're all a family we're all in Greek life together."

The fraternity member in question has not been charged with anything.

Police say he is being co-operative and has given police DNA evidence.

DNA evidence from the fraternity member and the alleged victim will be tested at the Santa Fe Crime Laboratory. It could take a couple of weeks before police get the results.