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Second UCF Student Arrested & Charged In Alpha Tau Omega Sexual Assault Case


On Wednesday, Alexander Garces, a 22-year-old student at the University of Central Florida student, was charged after he allegedly of raped an unidentified person during a party at his fraternity house.

Garces, 22, was charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment after he allegedly attacked a guest at the Alpha Tau Omega ‘New Years in July’ party. The victim, whose gender and name have not been released, was allegedly approached by Garces during the July 22 party at the university’s Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house, where he asked them to come upstairs with him and another man.

While the name of the second suspect had yet to be identified at the time, a warrant was out his arrest.

That second student can now be identified as Antonio Candido.

via Orlando Sentinel:

via Fox News:

When they entered the room, one of the men allegedly locked the door and began blasting music from a cellphone. Garces sat on the couch, forcefully pulled the victim’s legs toward him and started touching the person sexually, according to the report. He then grabbed the person’s hair, throwing him or her to the ground.

The victim performed oral sex on Garces, hoping it would stop the attack, police said. But Garces continued to be aggressive, according to WKMG.

“I’ve never seen you like this before, what’s going on?” The victim allegedly asked Garces. “I’ve been raped before, I’m not about to be in a situation like this…don’t do this to me.”

Garces eventually left the room, but the Candid then allegedly raped the victim.

Garces was arrested on Monday, August 7 at the fraternity house, while Candido, a former UCF student and brother at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, turned himself into on Wednesday.

Both have been charged with sexual assault and false imprisonment.

Alpha Tau Omega released an official statement on Tuesday, saying that they had suspended Garces and were looking into the matter:

“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.”

In 2013, UCF suspended Garces’ ATO fraternity due to alcohol-related misconduct and accusations of them holding an unapproved house party and serving alcohol to minors.

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