A University of Central Florida fraternity brother was arrested Monday after being accused of sexually assaulting another student at an on campus party, according to a report from UCFPD.
Alexander Garces, a member of Alpha Tau Omega, was arrested Monday at the Alpha Tau Omega house and charged with false imprisonment and sexual battery according to UCF PD.
The alleged rape took place during Alpha Tau Omega’s on-campus house party “Christmas in July,” on July 22, according to police.
ATO responded to the news on Tuesday, emailing news outlets that the fraternity had suspended Graces and is currently investigating the situation and plans to comply with UCF and authorities.
“Officials with the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity learned of the police investigation on Saturday, and the chapter immediately suspended the man. ATO is conducting an internal investigation and will assist local authorities and university officials as requested. The alleged assault reportedly occurred during a July 22nd party at the chapter house. The party was approved by UCF and held in accordance to strict university guidelines,” said ATO National Headquarters in a statement.
According to Graces’ LinkedIn, he is majoring in health sciences and is currently trying to get into a physician assistant program and plans to graduate spring of 2018.
In 2013, Knight News reported that ATO was suspended after being found “in violation” of university policy for alcohol related misconduct following an unregistered social event.