Loyola University Freshman Charged with Raping Two Students in Dorm

By Quinn Ford on January 29, 2013 2:18pm | Updated on January 29, 2013 2:57pm

COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A freshman at Loyola University Chicago has been charged with raping two women on back-to-back nights on the Rogers Park campus.

Prosecutors said Colin Kennedy, 18, sexually assaulted two fellow freshmen in separate incidents inside a university dormitory. He was being held Tuesday on $300,000 bond. 

On Jan. 13, Kennedy asked a female friend if he could sleep in her room after a night out, according to prosecutors. Kennedy told the 19-year-old woman he could not get into his own room, and she agreed to let him spend the night.

Prosecutors said the woman was drunk but woke up during the night to find Kennedy on top of her having sex with her. Later, while the woman was passed out, Kennedy allegedly walked upstairs to another friend's dorm room wearing only his boxer shorts and told the friend about what had happened, prosecutors alleged.

Prosecutors said when the woman woke up the next morning, she was naked and saw Kennedy's clothes on the floor. She later notified university police.

The following night, Kennedy attended a small party in another 19-year-old woman's dorm room, according to prosecutors. After the party wound down, he again said he could not get into his own room. The second woman told Kennedy he could sleep on her futon, prosecutors said.

Shortly after the second woman got into bed, Kennedy also got into her bed and "began groping her," prosecutors said. The woman told Kennedy "no" and "stop," but he allegedly ignored her and began having sex with her. The woman was unable to fight him off, prosecutors said.

After the attack, Kennedy fell asleep while "the victim stayed up all night," prosecutors said. The next morning after Kennedy had left, the woman told two friends, one of whom was the first woman Kennedy allegedly raped. The second woman also reported what had happened to campus police, authorities said.

Kennedy's defense attorney, Robert Kerr, told a Cook County judge at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Tuesday that the two women coordinated their stories before they came forward with their "delayed outcries."

Kerr said Kennedy, a California native, volunteers at a local church and Relay for Life. He said Kennedy was in good standing with the university where he majors in international business.

Kennedy's Facebook page lists his hometown as the tony seaside community of Laguna Beach, Calif., and says he graduated from Dana Hills High School in 2012.

Kerr said Kennedy's friends had raised over $1,000 and asked bail be set accordingly, but Judge Donald Panarese Jr. set bail at $300,000.

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