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Western State Student Investigated for Sexual Assault after Consensual Relationship

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Oct 06, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Western State student was investigated for sexual assault after a consensual relationship. Read more in our blog.

College life can be tough. Students deal with overwhelming homework, figuring out who they are in life, and living on their own for the first time. Throw in sexual relationships, and in some situations, you can have a real mess. For one student at Western State Colorado University, his relationship with a troubled young woman led to an investigation for Sexual Assault. What he thought was a mutual relationship came back to haunt him. This happens often in Adams, Jefferson, and Denver County, and all across Colorado. Let's look closer at this situation to see how the “victims” of Sexual Assault often use the system to exact revenge on their exes.

College Relationship Nightmare for Western State Student

Kevin* is a student at Western State (WSCU). He runs on their track team and loves English. Last year, he met a young woman and their flirtation resulted in a sexual relationship which began in finals week. They stayed together for a few months into summer break – even lasting while the young woman checked into rehab for drug addiction and an eating disorder. But, by the end of July, their relationship had ended, and Kevin lived the rest of the summer in the Denver area. When he returned to school, he thought all would be normal. Then, he received an email from a professor, stating he had been removed as the teacher's assistant position he had held last year. When he met with the Dean of Students, Kevin was shocked to learn the Dean had a letter in his possession which the school found disturbing and unethical. It was a letter Kevin had written to his then-girlfriend during rehab. It was an extremely racy letter, including references to their “Fifty Shades of Grey” inspired sex life. Kevin admitted the letter was his, and then told the dean the relationship had been consensual, so he didn't see the problem. Kevin thought this would put an end to the affair. He couldn't be farther from the truth. This was only the beginning of the school's investigation to the “sexual misconduct involving students.” He was contacted by another school official, who said his ex-girlfriend had filed a complaint against him – saying he had forced her to have sex with him. In Boulder, Arapahoe, and Douglas County, allegations like this would result in a criminal complaint for a Sexual Assault charge. Kevin was baffled by the allegations. His girlfriend had been the instigator of their bondage-themed love life, and he had hundreds of emails and texts to prove it. She was obsessed with “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and he had participated because it meant something to her. Why would his ex attack him in this way? An email between the young woman and a professor illustrates the motive perfectly. In the email exchange, the professor tells the young woman to let her know if she wanted Kevin's life to “suck without him knowing why, I can probably get that accomplished!” The deeply troubled young woman was angry and revengeful about the breakup, and was trying to get back at him. This happens constantly in schools across the state – at the University of Denver (DU), Colorado State University (CSU), Colorado University (CU) and Metropolitan State University.

Criminal Justice System is Unjust in Sexual Assault Cases

Kevin was disgusted by the way Western State handled the investigation into his personal life. They never fully informed him about the charges against him, assumed he was guilty before he had been proven innocent, and showed a strong preference for the “victim” in his case. This is true across the board when it comes to Sexual Assault cases. The police, District Attorneys, judges, and juries focus only on the alleged victims in rape cases. A person can be convicted of Sexual Assault with absolutely no evidence – all they need is the testimony of an alleged victim. This is why you need an unbeatable criminal defense lawyer by your side if you are being investigated or given a summons for Sexual Assault after what you thought was a consensual relationship. Don't stand alone in court when the entire courtroom believes you are guilty even before you've gone to trial. In the case of Kevin, the Sexual Assault case has been dropped, but his reputation at his small college is ruined. Don't let that happen – contact a skilled criminal lawyer immediately if you are being investigated.

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If you or a loved one is being investigated for Sexual Assault at a college, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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