Police continue investigation of campus rape report

By Alice Haymond

Lexington police continue to investigate a possible rape that was reported to have occurred in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house in the early morning of Jan. 13.

The incident occurred between an adult male and an adult female at 410 Rose Lane sometime between 1:30 and 4 a.m., according to the police report, which the woman filed at 2:22 p.m. the same day.

The woman who filed the rape report knew the perpetrator, which is common among sexual assaults that occur in private residents, said Lt. James Curless of the Bureau of Investigation’s Personal Crime Section.

Although the report links the incident to the SAE house, the man involved was not affiliated with the fraternity, said Brandon Weghorst, the director of communications at the fraternity’s national headquarters.

“The person was not a member of the organization in any way, so he was not a pledge and was not an active,” Weghorst said.

He said the national headquarters is aware of the situation and has launched its own investigation to find out what details it can over the next couple weeks or months.

The current police investigation will determine whether there is probable cause to make an arrest or bring the incident to court.

“Right now we’re a little premature to cross that bridge,” Curless said. “We’re still obtaining facts and information.”

UK police are not handling the investigation because the initial report was made to Lexington police, and the SAE house is in an area that the university and city police share jurisdiction over.