Search warrant: Suspect in reported UT fraternity rape texted victim to apologize


A search warrant reveals new details about an alleged rape at a University of Tennessee fraternity house that resulted in sanctions.

The warrant says on the night of November 29, the victim reported to the UT Police Department that during a formal date with another student, she had drank enough alcohol to the point of “blacking out” and was raped inside the Phi Gamma Delta house on Fraternity Row. The victim said she awoke with no clothes on and her possessions weren’t in the room.

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A friend who helped retrieve the victim’s phone said she was also incapacitated and raped by the suspect but did not want to speak with law enforcement.

The warrant says the suspect sent a text message to the victim the next day apologizing, saying, “I ****** up and I will stay out of ur life now and again I’m really sorry.”

The Phi Gamma Delta fraternity accepted responsibility earlier this month for violations of standard of conduct that included alcohol-related conduct on university property and violation of disciplinary sanctions.

A suspension on Phi Gamma Delta was lifted after it was placed on social and disciplinary probation. UTPD is currently conducting a criminal investigation.

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