Detectives ask that former WSU fraternity member be charged with rape
PULLMAN, Wash. — The Pullman Police Department believes that a woman was raped inside a Washington State University fraternity house nearly two years ago.
Detectives recently completed their investigation into the alleged sexual assault at the Delta Upsilon house from the fall of 2016. They are asking that a 20-year-old former member of the house be charged with felony second degree rape.
Detectives believe that an 18-year-old WSU student was raped in a basement rec room of the house during a party. The alleged rape occurred while the woman was passed out after being provided alcohol early in the morning on September 2, 2016. Later that same weekend three other college-aged women reported that they believed they had been drugged while drinking at the Delta Upsilon house.
Pullman police were unable to find sufficient evidence to support those allegations. Within a week the Delta Upsilon house at WSU had been suspended by its national organization and the University’s Interfraternity Council. The house remains suspended and is unrecognized by WSU through 2021. The rape suspect has not been arrested. The case will now be reviewed by the Whitman County Prosecutor’s Office for a charging decision.