A University of Central Florida student is behind bars, accused of raping another student at a fraternity party.
The unidentified victim told officers that he or she and a friend attended a “New Year’s in July” party at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house located on campus on July 22, according to a UCF police report.
According to the report, 22-year-old Alexander Garces and another man were also at the party.
Garces, a member of the fraternity, knew the victim, but the victim met the other man for the first time at the party, the report states.
According to the report, the victim was approached by Garces who asked the victim to go upstairs with him and the second man. Once inside the bedroom, the victim told police that Garces threw the victim to the ground and forced that person to perform a sex act.
The victim told police that Garces grabbed the victim’s hair and removed his or her shirt despite pleas to stop. The victim said the other man also allegedly forced the victim to have sex with him, puttin his hands over the victim’s mouth and throat.
Garces was arrested at the ATO fraternity house Monday night.
An Orange County judge on Wednesday granted Garces a combined $15,150 bail and ordered him not to have contact with the alleged victim or codefendant.
Garces isn't allowed to return to UCF, his lawyer said during a hearing Wednesday.
It is unclear whether the other man involved has been arrested.
Statement from Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity:
“Officials with the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity learned of the police investigation on Saturday, and the chapter immediately suspended the man. ATO is conducting an internal investigation and will assist local authorities and university officials as requested. The alleged assault reportedly occurred during a July 22nd party at the chapter house. The party was approved by UCF and held in accordance to strict university guidelines.