Police records recount details of rape reported at Murray State fraternity

MURRAY, KY — Local 6 is learning new details about a reported rape at a local fraternity house.

Last week, WPSD reported that the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter at Murray State University was recently on probation for hosting an unregistered social event in May. Police records show a female student reported being raped at that party.

WARNING: The following includes graphic details about the reported rape.

Sunday morning, May 6, 2018, documents provided by the Murray Police Department show, a female student was taken to a local emergency room after reporting she was raped.

In the police report, the student tells Murray police officers that the attack happened early that morning at a party at Lambda Chi Alpha.

She says she was drinking, and at some point she got split up from her friends. Sometime after 2 a.m., the student says she went with a young man to one of the fraternity apartment rooms, where he undressed her. She says she told him to stop, but then he raped her.

The student goes on to tell police that she eventually fell asleep. Around 5 a.m., she says she woke up to that same man raping her again.

The documents show officers collected evidence, but the victim told them she didn’t want to pursue charges. Because of that, Murray police tell me the case was closed and no arrest was made.

I reached out to the Lambda Chi Alpha headquarters to find out how they handle sexual assault allegations, but I couldn’t get a hold of anyone. So, I left a message and called back. That’s when a man answered the phone and transferred me to the communications department, but again it went to voicemail.

On Oct. 1, I received this statement from Tad Lichtenauer, Director of Communications & IT from Lambda Chi Alpha International Headquarters:

“My apologies for not responding to you on Friday afternoon. I needed time to investigate your inquiry. Currently, the investigation is concluding regarding the alleged incident last May concerning a member of our Lambda-Eta chapter at Murray State University. Obviously, we take sexual assault allegations very seriously and have a zero tolerance policy for this type of behavior. Our undergraduate members swear to our oaths and obligations, promising to follow all laws and uphold the highest standards of conduct and morality. Once I receive notification about the outcome about the investigation, I’d be glad to send you an update.”

I reached out to two university officials, Director of Communication Shawn Touney and Senior Executive Coordinator for the President Jill Hunt, trying to figure out if the university learned about Lambda Chi Alpha’s unregistered social event violation because of the reported rape or not. They didn’t answer my questions, instead sending me the following statement:

“Murray State University recognizes the importance in providing a safe campus environment. The University takes reports of sexual assault very seriously with resources made available to those who are in need of assistance.”

Lambda Chi Alpha is no longer on probation for hosting the unregistered social event. The punishment, according to documents provided by Murray State in response to an open records request, included four hours of community service for each member of the chapter.

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