Two students at the University of Central Florida are facing charges after a woman said she was raped at a home rented by fraternity brothers who threw a party called the “Meat Factory,” according to arrest reports.
David Anthony Kirk, 20, and Jack Ryan Smith, 26, were arrested on sexual battery charges, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Their arrests also led to the second suspension of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity since last summer, when a woman reported being raped during a “New Years in July” bash, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The woman told deputies she was raped Friday during the “Meat Factory” party held at a home rented by five ATO brothers near the university’s campus. Prior to the party, she drank vodka and flavored water, later switching to green apple-flavored shaved ice spiked with vodka while spending most of her time at the get-together near a backyard fire pit, where she talked with Kirk and Smith, according to an arrest report obtained by the newspaper.
The woman admitted being so drunk she could only recall “snapshots” of the affair. She said she remembered waking up nude while on her stomach on a queen-sized bed in the home. Smith was raping her while Kirk was forcing her to perform oral sex on him, according to the arrest report, which didn’t indicate whether the victim was a student.
The woman said she heard one of the men saying “my turn, my turn” prior to them switching positions. She next recalled being on the floor of a bathroom across the hall before calling her friends and going home. She went to a hospital the following day, according to the report.
UCF spokeswoman Courtney Gilmartin said the fraternity received an interim suspension notice on Tuesday for disruptive and alcohol-related misconduct. A hearing on the suspension has been scheduled for May 7, according to a university letter to the frat obtained by The Post.
Gilmartin also noted that the alleged rape “took place off-campus,” adding that subsequent arrests were led by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Both Kirk and Smith — a junior and sophomore, respectively — remain enrolled at the university, she said.
Sexual battery and kidnap or false imprisonment charges filed against two men following the July incident were dropped, ending their two-week suspension, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The fraternity’s national organization said it was “not in any way connected” to the party, which attracted about 250 people, 10 of whom were ATO members, including five men who rent the home in the 4900 block of Fiske Circle.
“The party was not planned or coordinated by the chapter, was not sponsored by the chapter, was not sanctioned or promoted by the chapter,” the statement to the Sentinel read. “This was not an ATO event.”
Kirk was expelled from the frat in January, according to the statement, which did not indicate whether Smith remains affiliated with the organization. Neither man could be reached for comment, according to the newspaper.
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