Man arrested for rape in U of M student housing

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man has been arrested for an alleged rape at a University of Memphis student housing complex.

Marcus Vaughn, 21, was charged with rape and sexual battery.

According to an affidavit, Vaughn confessed to the crime.

Late Wednesday afternoon the University of Memphis Police Department said Vaughn knew the victim.

Officers said the assault happened in a student housing complex off Tiger Paw South.

“I can’t believe it. Basically because of who he is and how timid he is. He’s really quiet and to himself.”

WREG tracked down a University of Memphis student who didn’t want to identify herself because she said she is neighbors with Vaughn.

According to police, they were contacted by the victim last night just before 5:30 p.m. about the assault.

Once they arrived to the student housing complex they found Vaughn in another apartment nearby.

The victim told investigators Vaughn inappropriately fondled her without her permission and took her underwear.

According to court records, Vaughn has previously been arrested for domestic assault.

His address is listed in Raleigh but his neighbor was adamant he stays in the complex.

“You just wouldn’t think because he was just like sitting with me two days ago,” said the acquaintance of Vaughn.

Vaughn’s neighbor said she does not know the alleged victim.

Freshman Danielle Williams said news like this is unsettling.

“You expect your campus to be safe. You know it worries you,” said Williams.

Recent studies show at least one in four women could be the victim of sexual assault during their academic career and at least 80% of sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance.

The University of Memphis reported six on campus sexual assaults to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations last year out of about 21,000 students.

Students WREG  talked to said numbers aside it’s always important to be aware.

The Memphis Police Department is investigating and the University’s President has also requested an investigation as well.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon the University said, “this disturbing incident is contrary to all of our efforts to keep our students safe. Since being made aware of the situation, I have asked that an immediate and thorough review of the incident and all processes surrounding this incident occur.”

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