Two University of Miami Students Arrested for Rape
Two student athletes at the University of Miami are facing serious charges after being arrested by the Coral Gables Police following a rape investigation.
According to various news sources, Alexander Figueroa and Jawand Blue, both 20, have been charged with sexual battery for an alleged assault on an unnamed 17-year-old girl. A law enforcement affidavit filed on the incident states the attack allegedly occurred on July 5th.
On that day, Figueroa and Blue allegedly arranged for the underage girl to illegally consume alcohol and narcotics against her will. After this, the two young men took the young girl to Figueroa’s dorm room where they took turns performing numerous sexual acts on her. The teen was described in the affidavit as being “physically helpless to resist” the assault.
After the alleged assault, the teenage girl contacted the University of Miami campus police to report that she had been raped. The school’s police department then contacted the local authorities to inform them of the teen’s allegations. According to a spokesperson for the Coral Gable Police Department, Figueroa and Blue turned themselves in on July 8th after becoming aware of the fact they were being investigated for rape. The were arrested at that point without incident.
In the state of Florida, criminal charges such as sexually battery and rape are very severe. The Florida statute defining a victim’s condition during a sexual battery reads as follows:
“Mentally incapacitated” means temporarily incapable of appraising or controlling a person’s own conduct due to the influence of a narcotic, anesthetic, or intoxicating substance administered without his or her consent or due to any other act committed upon that person without his or her consent. (Florida Statue 794.011, section C)
When a defendant is found guilty in Florida on a charge of rape or sexual battery, the consequences they face are very serious. Depending on the circumstances of the victim in the case, a rape or sexual battery conviction can lead to a minimum of nine years or a maximum of life in prison.
If you or anyone you know in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, and Miami Dade County areas has been charged with a serious felony sex offense, a capable Miami rape defense lawyer can help you explore legal options during your ordeal.
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