Florida police have arrested a USF fraternity member and accused him of raping a 16-year-old girl, as reported by Bay News 9.
Dillon LaGamma, 19, has been charged with sexual battery of a child over 12, according to Sun Sentinel.
Authorities allege that the sexual assault occurred after a Pi Kappi Phi fraternity party, of which LaGamma is a member. The assault allegedly occurred on October 1 and investigators note that members of the fraternity urged the 16-year-old girl to drink until she became unconscious. That’s when LaGamma allegedly dragged her into his room and raped her “unconscious body, despite her age and obvious level of intoxication.”
The girl was “dangerously intoxicated to the point in which she had difficulty standing up and was incoherent,” lawsuit documents indicate.
Frat members allegedly even poured a “slap bag,” an alcohol-filled sack that’s shared among partygoers, directly into the girl’s mouth and encouraged her to drink all of it.
The unnamed girl’s parents allege that fellow fraternity members even “witnessed Dillon LaGamma bringing a visibly intoxicated female to his room and failed to … prevent what was a foreseeable sexual assault.”
They are suing the fraternity for $5 million for its part in the alleged rape, noting that when their daughter awoke in the hospital she was soaked in blood from the waist down. The lawsuit states that the victim has suffered “psychological, emotional and physical injuries … and the inability to lead a normal life.” USF and Pi Kappi Phi have declined to comment, noting the pending litigation.
The victim’s attorney, Jeff Herman, stated, “I am very proud of the bravery of my client coming forward. Fraternities need to be held accountable.”
The fraternity is no longer able to serve alcohol at official events, Bay News 9 has noted.
LaGamma is free on $7,500 bond and has been ordered to have no contact with the victim, court records show. A jury trial is tentatively scheduled for August 28. The suspect has pleaded not guilty.
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