Student Sentenced To Prison For Raping Unconscious Girl

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A former student from a Pennsylvania university was sentenced to prison this week for assaulting and raping an unconscious girl in her dorm room last year.

Kyle Vo, a former student of West Chester University, received a six to 20 year prison sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious girl, reports The Washington Post. Vo also received five years of probation and must now register as a sex offender. Earlier this year, Vo was convicted of aggravated indecent assault without consent, sexual assault and rape of an unconscious person.

“The defendant saw an opportunity to gratify his sexual desire and he took it. In doing so, (Vo) took something special from (the victim) that she can never get back — her virginity, “Assistant District Attorney Andrea Cardamone said in a memo filed Monday.

A probable-cause affidavit stated that in January of 2015, campus police responded to a call about an alleged sexual assault of a freshman student.

According to testimony, Vo, the victim and a group of friends were all drinking together in a room. The group began discussing sexual experience and the victim, who had been drinking vodka, told Vo and friends that she was still a virgin and wished to stay that way. Vo left the room and came back with a plastic bottle filled with vodka.

Vo and the victim drank the vodka while the victim’s roommate fell asleep and the victim’s friend slept in a bed. The victim said that Vo began touching her leg when she started going in and out of consciousness. She eventually passed out and woke up to find Vo having sex with her.

“I am pleased with the sentence. It sends a strong message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. You cannot have sex with a woman when she is unconscious and incapacitated and then try to claim it was a mistake,” Cardamone said Tuesday.

This case marks a change from another rape case that made national headlines. Brock Turner, who sexually assaulted a girl outside of a dumpster, was convicted of “the attempt to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person” and received a six month sentence.

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