DNA Test Exonerates CSU San Marcos Frat House Rape Suspect
Police in Oceanside say a California State University San Marcos student accused of raping a female student at a fraternity party in May has been cleared by a DNA test.
It was a case that prompted a campus crime alert this month, investigations by the police, the university and the state Attorney General's office.
Oceanside police Lt. Aaron Doyle said the DNA test leaves the case without a suspect.
"In this case we’ll probably go out one more time and canvas to see if there are any other witnesses to provide more information," he said.
The incident occurred at a party involving around 200 people at a house where members of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity live. The San Marcos chapter of TKE has been in trouble in the past for hazing and illegal drug use. A fraternity member was sentenced to jail for rigging the school's student government election.
Tau Kappa Epsilon lost its campus recognition several years ago, and its national organization recently suspended the chapter.
The alleged sexual assault from May is not the only one leveled against the fraternity. The Attorney General's office agreed to assist the university's investigation due to what are described as multiple reports of sexual assault involving members of TKE.
A spokeswoman for Cal State San Marcos responded to the news, saying the Oceanside police investigation and the university's investigation are separate and therefore the university investigation will continue.