UC Berkeley student arrested on suspicion of rape at fraternity

Hayden Irwin/Staff

Update 10/18/2014: The rape charge against the student was dismissed. Read more here

Update 11/13/2018: The student’s name has been retracted from this article because The Daily Californian was sent documentation that they received a factual finding of innocence from an Alameda County Superior Court judge. 

A UC Berkeley student was arrested Thursday night in connection with one of three sexual assaults that occurred last weekend. Police do not believe the three cases were linked.

Five days after the sexual assaults were reported, Berkeley Police Department officers arrested a UC Berkeley student, 20, on suspicion of raping a woman who could not resist due to intoxication. Two of the sexual assaults occurred at fraternities, and authorities said the third may have also taken place at a fraternity. The three victims were women.

The student was booked to Berkeley Jail after their arrest and has since posted $100,000 bail.

Police said the sexual assault occurred at 2425 Warring St., the location of Delta Upsilon, a fraternity recognized by the campus.

Marc Ninyo, president of Delta Upsilon, said the fraternity is working with authorities and international headquarters but did not comment further.

UC Berkeley junior Meghan Warner, who co-chairs Greeks Against Sexual Assault and directs the student government’s Sexual Assault Commission, emphasized that the case is not unique.

“This unfortunately happens every weekend,” she said. “I just don’t want DU to be demonized, because this is an issue in so many frats.”

Still, Warner was optimistic, because recent data suggest that more survivors are reporting sexual assault, given recent attention to the issue.

On Aug. 28, the Interfraternity Council released a statement to the campus community on sexual harassment and violence.

“The continuation of these events has shown that we have not taken sufficient action in order to prevent these incidences,” the council said in the statement. “We as fraternity men will collaborate with campus partners and actively work to change the culture that allows these issues to occur.”

According to data published Wednesday, there were 33 cases of forcible sexual assault reported to campus officials or UCPD last year.

Police requested that those with information pertaining to the crimes contact its special victims unit at 510-981-5735. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Kimberly Veklerov is a news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @KVeklerov.