The second rape in less than a week involving Cal Poly students was reported to campus police Friday, university officials said. As in the first rape, the victim was reportedly intoxicated and unconscious during the attack.
The latest victim, whose name was not released, reported to university police Friday that she was raped in her Poly Canyon Village dormitory room Thursday night. She said she was intoxicated and unconscious, Cal Poly Police Chief Bill Watton said.
Although police have identified a suspect, he is not in custody, Watton said, adding that the case is under investigation.
Meanwhile, San Luis Obispo police arrested Cal Poly student Joseph Trupiano on Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a college-aged woman May 7 at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house in the 200 block of California Boulevard, police said.
Police arrested the 23-year-old Cal Poly student after he turned himself in at the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
In another twist in the story, Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong said it appears some partygoers at the frat house may have known of the rape and done nothing to stop it.
Trupiano was booked at San Luis Obispo County Jail, where his bail was set at $100,000. Jail records indicate he was no longer in custody Friday.
The victim in the frat house, whose age was not disclosed, was intoxicated and unconscious at the time of the rape, police said. Her name is not being disclosed because she is the purported victim of a sex crime.
Police said the woman and the suspect were among partygoers at the fraternity house May 7.
Stephan Lamb, the staff coordinator of Greek affairs at Cal Poly, said about 60 college-age people attended the party — about half men and half women.
He said some of the guests were visitors from other college campuses. The home houses 18 fraternity members, he said.
Lamb also said Cal Poly would wait to review information from police until it made a decision about whether to cut university ties with the fraternity. Strong evidence could result in a termination, he said.
The fraternity has been temporarily suspended from activities on campus, Lamb said.
The two reported rapes prompted Armstrong late Friday to condemn such acts in a statement to the university community, promising to set up a task force to prevent and confront sexual assault and excessive alcohol consumption.
“Second only to the victim’s suffering, the most disturbing aspect of the May 7th incident is that some Cal Poly students knew what occurred at the party, failed to stop or report what they saw and failed to keep each other safe,” he noted in the statement.
He went on to say: “Perhaps some who failed to report what they knew stemmed from a fear that they would be in trouble as well. That’s a change in culture we must embark on immediately. Others, perhaps, simply didn’t care.”