UK Student Charged with Rape of Juvenile at Dorm

By: Associated Press and Kentucky Kernel
By: Associated Press and Kentucky Kernel

A Lexington teenager claims she was raped in a dormitory at the University of Kentucky and police say a student has been arrested.

The 17-year-old girl told UK police the offense occurred Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, at Blanding Tower. Michael Strong, a 21-year-old UK student and soccer player from San Antonio, Tex., was arrested last night and charged with first degree rape. He was being held in the Fayette County Detention Center.

The rape occurred between 3 and 4:30 a.m. The victim, who is from out-of-state, was visiting her sister, an 18-year-old student at UK and a Blanding Tower resident.

The victim, her sister and Strong were at a party and a club Saturday night before returning to the sister's room in Blanding Tower where the rape took place. The victim's sister and her roommate were in the room when the rape occurred, according to Maj. Joe Monroe with UK police.

Monroe couldn't confirm whether alcohol was involved but said "there's always that possibility."

Police were notified about the rape Saturday between 10 and 11 p.m. by UK Hospital where the victim had a sexual examination done.

Police identified Strong as a suspect after interviewing the victim and two witnesses, Monroe said. Police also said the victim knew Strong before the alleged incident.

Other details of the incident were not available.

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