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2 Fraternity Members Arrested In Cal State San Marcos Sex Assault Case

Authorities also seized drugs in the ongoing investigation of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity

Two Cal State San Marcos students were arrested Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at the campus.

The university's Police Department is investigating the fraternity in connection with allegations of hazing, sale and use of illegal drugs, sexual assault and witness intimidation.

After serving search warrants at two homes where Tau Kappa Epsilon members live, one in Oceanside and another in San Marcos, police found evidence related to the use and sale of illegal drugs, including one pound of marijuana, quantities of cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, prescription drugs and steroids. They also found $1,000 in cash.


The investigation began in August after police received multiple sexual assault reports linked to the fraternity.

One of the incidents was alleged to have occurred in May at the Oceanside home searched Thursday. Police were told date rape drugs, such as Rohypnol, GHB and ketamine, were used in the sexual assault. A student arrested in that assault was later cleared through DNA evidence.

California State University San Marcos also launched a Title IX investigation on Aug. 22 into the sexual assault allegations. The deadline for completing that investigation has been extended.

Tau Kappa Epsilon lost its recognition as a student organization at the university in 2005 because of underage alcohol use and a failure to maintain academic standing.

University officials asked anyone with information about the sexual assault incidents or who believed they or someone they know was a victim to come forward and report it to the university. They can call (760) 750-4567 or (760) 750-7233 or call local law enforcement or the state Attorney General's Office.


Sexual assault victims also were encouraged to seek confidential support by calling (760) 750-4915.

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