A former Indiana University-Bloomington student is charged with two counts of rape after two female students told police the Delta Tau Delta fraternity member raped them during parties.
John P. Enochs, 21, of Downers Grove, Ill., faces two felony counts in connection with two separate alleged assaults — one reported in April, the other in 2013.
Prosecutors charged Enochs Sept. 10 after a woman reported Enochs raped her in a room at the Delta Tau Delta house during a party on April 11, a probable cause affidavit says.
After hearing about the accusation, a second woman — who in 2013 told police that Enochs assaulted her — changed her mind about bringing criminal charges, the affidavit says.
Enochs’ attorney, Katharine C. Liell vigorously denied the allegations, saying the suburban Chicago man is caught up in what she called “histrionics” surrounding rape allegations on college campuses.
“I totally believe John has been caught up in a whirlwind of emotion surrounding any allegation involving sexual assault on campus,” Liell said.
She spoke to The Indianapolis Star on behalf of her client, who she said would tell his side of the story in court.
Indiana University spokesman Mark Land said Enochs is not enrolled as a student and has not graduated.
In the April incident, the woman told police she and her friends were drinking before attending a party at Enochs’ fraternity house, the affidavit says.
She said she was in the fraternity’s courtyard with friends when she left to find a bathroom.
The affidavit says the woman reported that the next thing she remembered was being in a private room with an unknown man who was having sex with her.
The woman said she tried to push him off her, and said no, when she realized what was happening, the affidavit says.
Afterward, the woman said she went to the bathroom and stayed there until her friends found her.
Her friends told police the woman cried and told them what happened in the bathroom. They called police, and sexual assault nurse did a rape exam, the affidavit says.
Investigators viewed security footage of the fraternity house, and saw Enochs enter a room with the woman. She later identified him in a lineup, and a test found Enochs’ DNA on her, the affidavit says.
In October 2013, a woman told the Indiana University Police Department that Enochs raped her in her residence on Oct. 12, 2013, where a group gathered before attending a Greek function off campus, the affidavit says.
The woman told police she didn’t remember what happened, but friends told her they saw what appeared to be Enoch having sex with her, according to the affidavit.
A friend of the woman’s told police that she saw from a window what she believed was Enoch having sex with the woman, who appeared to be passed out.
The friend said she rushed upstairs, but the door was locked, the affidavit says.
The woman did not want to press charges when she made the report in 2013, the affidavit says, but decided to pursue a criminal investigation when she heard about the reported assault in April.
Liell, Enochs’ attorney, appeared in court Friday for an initial hearing. Enochs was released from jail on a $20,000 surety bond.
A judge scheduled a pretrial conference for November.
The IU Police Department is investigating another pair of alleged rapes on campus that were reported earlier this month.
Two juveniles who were visiting campus told police two students raped them in McNutt Residence Center on Sept. 5.