TAMPA, Florida— A fraternity at the University of South Florida is suspended tonight and one of it's members is under arrest after a 16-year-old reports that she was raped inside the frat house over the weekend.
It happened at the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity House off USF Birch Drive directly across the street from the USF Police Station.
Students living in USF’s Greek Village were just learning the news Monday afternoon.
“I’m shocked,” said USF Sophomore Davis Parrish. “Something like this should never happen. If someone did see something and they didn’t speak up and they didn’t take action, then shame on them.”
USF Police reports the incident took place around 12:30 Sunday morning while the victim says she was unconscious. Later Sunday afternoon, investigators arrested 19-year-old Dillon LaGamma, a member of USF’s Zata Eta Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi.
“I definitely just met a bunch of them and we have been over there many times,” said a USF freshman who lives at a sorority house nearby. “In Greek we’re all kind of like a family so it’s definitely weird when we hear something like that happen, especially like right downstairs when my room is like 5 minutes away from Pi Kap.”
USF Police say the 16-year-old victim was on-campus visiting friends and was not a student at USF.
In a statement from Pi Kap’s national office, the fraternity’s CEO says it's USF chapter will be temporarily suspended stating, “We have instructed our students to cooperate fully with the university and local authorities as they investigate the alleged incident.”
“We take all crime seriously and we want to ensure the safety of our students and faculty and staff while they’re on campus or if they’re visiting on campus,” said USF Public Safety spokesperson. “It’s a serious matter for us.”
The latest incident comes as universities nationwide are facing increasing scrutiny for underreporting rapes on campus. USF’s figures show sexual assaults are down from 6 in both 2013 and 2014 to 3 in 2015.
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