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Stanford University student arrested for attempted rape

County district attorney now reviewing criminal case

A male Stanford University student was arrested early in the morning on Sunday, Jan. 18, for attempted rape, according to a campus police report.

The student, a freshman athlete, was arrested at approximately 1 a.m. in the 600 block of Lomita Court, near the Kappa Alpha fraternity house. He was transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked on two charges, attempted rape and digital penetration with a foreign object, said Kurtis Stenderup, public information officer for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. He was released later that day and posted his $150,000 bail, Stenderup said.

Sean Webby, public information officer for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, confirmed Tuesday morning that the Stanford Department of Public Safety (DPS) has sent the case to his office.

"This office is reviewing a criminal case forwarded to us by Stanford DPS involving that (person)," Webby said.

In sexual-assault cases, except under unusual circumstances, the Weekly's policy is to not name an accused person until a charge has been filed.

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Stanford University spokeswoman Lisa Lapin declined to comment, citing student privacy laws under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The arrest was first reported by The Fountain Hopper, a Stanford-focused email newsletter run by a group of students.

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Stanford University student arrested for attempted rape

County district attorney now reviewing criminal case

by Elena Kadvany / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Jan 27, 2015, 9:45 am
Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015, 2:23 pm

A male Stanford University student was arrested early in the morning on Sunday, Jan. 18, for attempted rape, according to a campus police report.

The student, a freshman athlete, was arrested at approximately 1 a.m. in the 600 block of Lomita Court, near the Kappa Alpha fraternity house. He was transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked on two charges, attempted rape and digital penetration with a foreign object, said Kurtis Stenderup, public information officer for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. He was released later that day and posted his $150,000 bail, Stenderup said.

Sean Webby, public information officer for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, confirmed Tuesday morning that the Stanford Department of Public Safety (DPS) has sent the case to his office.

"This office is reviewing a criminal case forwarded to us by Stanford DPS involving that (person)," Webby said.

In sexual-assault cases, except under unusual circumstances, the Weekly's policy is to not name an accused person until a charge has been filed.

Stanford University spokeswoman Lisa Lapin declined to comment, citing student privacy laws under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The arrest was first reported by The Fountain Hopper, a Stanford-focused email newsletter run by a group of students.

Comments

MP Resident
Menlo Park
on Jan 27, 2015 at 11:11 am
MP Resident, Menlo Park
on Jan 27, 2015 at 11:11 am

I hope that he doesn't receive special treatment due to being an athlete.


neighbor
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2015 at 11:16 am
neighbor, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2015 at 11:16 am

Photo? On a full ride at Stanford?


resident
Stanford
on Jan 27, 2015 at 11:46 am
resident, Stanford
on Jan 27, 2015 at 11:46 am

Why did they announce that the perp is a male athlete without releasing his name?


jaded
Old Palo Alto
on Jan 27, 2015 at 2:16 pm
jaded, Old Palo Alto
on Jan 27, 2015 at 2:16 pm

The Athlete factor is the only thing making this story printable- when they find out it is a small sport - ultimate Frisbee perhaps, the story will be dropped.

Football player? The public will call for David Shaw's head and to abolish football at the university.


alum
Stanford
on Jan 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm
alum, Stanford
on Jan 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm
Mr.Recycke
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm
Mr.Recycke, Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm
wow
Charleston Gardens
on Jan 27, 2015 at 3:28 pm
wow, Charleston Gardens
on Jan 27, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Editor
Can you share from an editorial perspective why the suspect's year (freshman) or specialty (athlete) is relevant to the story, espcially since he was already taken into custody?


Finally
Stanford
on Jan 27, 2015 at 4:11 pm
Finally, Stanford
on Jan 27, 2015 at 4:11 pm

At least this time the perp got caught and arrested


Memories
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2015 at 5:39 pm
Memories, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2015 at 5:39 pm

He's on the swim team and being charged with 5 felonies.


Neighbor 12
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2015 at 6:01 pm
Neighbor 12, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2015 at 6:01 pm

Kudos to the two passers-by who reportedly detained him until the police arrived. (SJ Merc &SF Chron)


scotty
Green Acres
on Jan 27, 2015 at 6:14 pm
scotty, Green Acres
on Jan 27, 2015 at 6:14 pm

full article in chronicle with name ….


Memories
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2015 at 6:26 pm
Memories , Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Here we go - Brock Turner.
Web Link


Joe
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2015 at 8:17 pm
Joe, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2015 at 8:17 pm
Alphonso
Los Altos Hills
on Jan 30, 2015 at 9:53 am
Alphonso, Los Altos Hills
on Jan 30, 2015 at 9:53 am

Waiting for more complete information - probably guilty but perhaps not. Apparently the two walked outside together - so what was the intention at that point? Stanford needs to have more discussion about alcohol abuse and the consequences - the PA ambulances are spending too much time on Fri/Sat nights aiding drunken students.


Maureen
Los Altos
on Jun 6, 2016 at 9:58 pm
Maureen, Los Altos
on Jun 6, 2016 at 9:58 pm

This case sounds completely one sided .....she does no remember anything so maybe it did start consensual . And where was her sister ??? She left her drunk sister with this guy?????
How did she get to the location??? Did I he carry her and nobody saw, I am sorry but this does not add up.


Hmmm
East Palo Alto
on Jun 6, 2016 at 11:50 pm
Hmmm, East Palo Alto
on Jun 6, 2016 at 11:50 pm

Maureen - is your post a joke or serious? There are plenty of reports available about the case. And this might help: Web Link


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