No charges for Cal Poly rape suspects
May 24, 2011
Police will not be pursuing criminal charges against two suspects who are accused of raping women at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in two separate incidents because of a lack of evidence.
Cal Poly University Police have closed both cases because officers were not able to gather sufficient evidence to put together criminal cases.
The investigations have been turned over to Cal Poly administrators, who will do their own investigation. If university officials find sufficient evidence, they can issue sanctions against the suspects.
The first of three alleged rapes of unconscious women in nine day occurred at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house on California Boulevard on May 7. Cal Poly student Joseph Trupiano, 23, turned himself in after discovering he was the primary suspect.
Trupiano was booked on sexual assault charges and taken to San Luis Obispo County Jail where his bail was set at $100,000. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.