Rape Charges Dropped Against Former Indiana University Student Who Pleaded Guilty to Criminal Confinement
- Kalp Patel, 22, was accused of trying to rape a female resident assistant in his dorm room at the university's Bloomington campus last year.
All charges against an Indian American former Indiana University student have been dropped as part of the plea deal. The news comes after Kalp Patel, 22, pleaded guilty last week to criminal confinement after facing charges that he tried to rape a female resident assistant in his dorm room at the university’s Bloomington campus last year, reported NBC affiliate WTHR13. The young man, who was arrested in January 2022, and was sentenced to 546 days of unsupervised probation, but no jail time, the WTHR report added.
According to court documents cited in the WTHR report, a female residential assistant went to check on Patel on Jan. 16, 2022, after she was alerted to Patel’s screaming inside his dorm at Union Street Center Birch Hall. When Patel didn’t open the door despite several knocks, she used a master key to enter the dorm room. She found Patel “slumped over his desk,” she told the police, according to the WTHR report.
She then called 911 for an ambulance. It was then that Patel suddenly attacked her, and tried to assault her sexually, the court documents say. He “got on top of the woman, strangled her, touched her and bit her fingers,” the WHTR report said, citing court documents. Patel was taken to Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital, then to the Monroe County Correctional Facility, WTHR reported.
During the investigation, Patel told the police that he took two THC-laced gummy bears at the nearby Campus View Apartments, then went back to his dorm room. He says he freaked out and felt like he was in a dream trying to “have fun” with the assistant, according to WTHR. Indiana University told the news outlet that Patel “is not allowed to return to the dorm and is banned from the entire Bloomington campus.”