UT Arlington police end investigation of two rape cases

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UT Arlington police have ended their investigations of two rapes reported on campus this semester, a university official said Friday.

Four rapes had been reported — three at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house, 705 Davis Drive, and one at the College of Science building, 501 S. Nedderman Drive.

One of the cases that has been dropped was reported as occurring Aug. 24 at the fraternity. Police will not continue the investigation “unless additional evidence is discovered or presented to investigators,” university spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said.

The other case, at the College of Science building, was dropped because “elements of sexual assault offense were not present,” she said.

Two other sexual assaults, which the women involved said occurred at the fraternity on Aug. 23 and Sept. 7, are still being investigated, but no new information was available Friday, Sullivan said.

In the Sept. 7 case, a woman called for medical assistance and was taken to a local hospital, where she reported being sexually assaulted on Bid Day, when fraternities and sororities induct new members.

In both cases, the women knew the men they accused, according to police.

Students from the Sigma Phi Epsilon, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Chi and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternities were placed on interim suspension for having “unregistered parties and possible use of alcohol by individuals under the age of 21.”

“The university continues to investigate allegations of misconduct involving four fraternity chapters and one student,” Sullivan said. “There has been no further public action in the cases to date; the university does not release information about individual conduct cases.”

This report contains material from Star-Telegram archives.

Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792 Twitter:@MonicaNagyFWST

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