A former Indiana University student accused of raping two women at fraternity parties has been sentenced to one year probation, after serving one day in prison following a plea deal. John P. Enochs of Downers Grove, Illinois, was originally charged with two counts of rape in connection with sexual assaults that were alleged to have taken place in April 2015 and in 2013.
But the 22-year-old, who denies the rape allegations, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of battery with moderate bodily injury, which is classed as a misdemeanour offence, according to CBS News.
On 11 April 2015 the victim told police she had been raped at a fraternity house with Enoch ignoring her pleas to stop when she woke up. Police said security video showed Enochs entering the room with the victim and his DNA was later found. Enochs was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and studied at the university's Kelley Business School.
In the alleged 2013 assault a woman said she was raped at the Delta Tau Delta house. She said that she did not remember the assault but her friends told her Enoch having sex with her while she was passed out, the Indianapolis Star reported.
The woman did not come forward to police initially but decide to make the claims after hearing about the alleged 2015 sexual assault.
His lawyer, Katharine Liell, said after his arrest in September 2015 that Enochs was caught up in "histrionics" surrounding college rape claims. "I totally believe John has been caught up in a whirlwind of emotion surrounding any allegation involving sexual assault on campus," Liell said.
Enochs' representatives said in a statement that he "did not rape anyone". It read: "As the Monroe County prosecutors' office has acknowledged through their voluntary dismissal of the rape charges, John Enochs did not rape anyone and he should never have been charged with these offenses.
"Rather, due to the misconduct of the lead investigator who presented false and misleading evidence in her public probable cause affidavit—and failed to provide the Court with exculpatory evidence—John Enochs was charged with crimes he did not commit.
"After John Enochs presented evidence to demonstrate his innocence of the sensationalized and false charges, the prosecutor's office, on their own motion, dismissed both rape charges."