USI student accused of rape

Jessie Hellmann

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A USI student was arrested Jan. 14 after rape accusations.

According to the Vanderburgh County Sherriff’s Office, 18-year-old Roman Rodriguez,  freshman exercise science major, was arrested the 14th with a bond set at $25,000 after a USI student accused him of raping her.

The alleged rape occurred in a residence hall on campus between 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. that morning. USI security arrived at the scene at 5:03 a.m. The resident assistant (RA) drove the girl to the Deaconess Emergency Room where police from the Sherriff’s Office met with the girl at 6:15 a.m. to discuss what happened.

According to a news release issued by the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, the alleged victim said the assault occurred following a party on campus where the victim and Rodriguez met.

Rodriguez’ court appearance was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Jan 19.


The state filed no formal charges against Rodriguez, and he was released from the Vanderburgh County Jail.

Rodriguez’ was ordered to have no contact with the girl.