Police are investigating the reported rape of a University of Minnesota student by a classmate who used his position as a fraternity member to coerce the victim into a sexual act.
The victim, who was pledging Alpha Epsilon Pi at the time of the assault, told police that he was raped by one of the fraternity’s members on Jan. 29 at the Marshall Apartments, an off-campus student housing complex in Dinkytown. The victim later went to a nearby hospital, where he underwent a rape exam, according to a search warrant affidavit.
What started out as consensual encounter between the two men swiftly took a frightening turn, the victim told police, according to court filings.
The suspect reportedly also “threatened to document the sexual encounter,” the filings said, “by photos and video that he could use to blackmail [the victim] into silence about the assault.” It was unclear whether the suspect actually filmed or photographed the encounter.
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