Kansas student charged with sexual battery enters diversion

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 20-year-old former University of Kansas student accused of raping a woman in a university dorm room has entered a diversion program.

Douglas County prosecutors charged the man with sexual battery after a woman said he forced her to have sex with him in April 2014 in Gertrude Sellards Pearson Residence Hall. The 19-year-old woman told police she repeatedly said “no.” According to a police affidavit, the man told police he thought it was a “playful no.”

The Douglas County district attorney’s office will not prosecute if the man meets several conditions, including writing the woman an apology and abstaining from alcohol and recreational drugs.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports an assistant district attorney said the woman agreed with the state’s decision to put the man in a diversion program.

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This version corrects the short headline to show the student was charged with sexual battery, not rape.

 

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