SLU freshman charged with on-campus rape

Colten Bonk is charged with rape (KMOV)

A St. Louis University student is facing charges in connection with a rape of a woman that took place on the campus of Saint Louis University on the morning of May 13.

According to court documents, 19-year-old Colten Bonk faces one count of first-degree rape or attempted rape, two counts of domestic assault, and one count of sodomy or attempted sodomy in the first degree. All are felony charges.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Bonk is a freshman at SLU, and court documents indicate that he lives in on-campus housing.

Court documents say that the victim sought medical attention at St. Louis University Hospital related to a sexual assault incident on May 13, hours after the alleged assault took place.

Upon further investigation, court documents say that the victim had broken up with the suspect a week prior to the sexual assault after an intimate relationship.

The victim had been strangled, bitten, and had hair ripped out by Bonk, according to court documents, all the while being trapped in a room without being let out. The victim sustained various bruising on her legs, arms, and face.

In response to the incident, SLU released the following statement:Saint Louis University seeks to foster a safe and supportive atmosphere where students, faculty and staff can flourish in an inclusive environment that is free from harassment and harm. The University takes any accusation of sexual assault very seriously. As soon as the University received the report from the female student on Saturday, May 13, our Department of Public Safety helped her immediately contact the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. We have cooperated fully with the police department’s criminal investigation. The male student was arrested by police Saturday afternoon. In addition to working with St. Louis police, we immediately launched our own internal investigation through our Title IX office, in accordance with University policy. The report of the crime was also posted on SLU’s online daily campus crime log. We are working with the female student to provide support services and other assistance. Federal student privacy regulations limit what information any college or university may release about its students, including student conduct information. While we are unable to discuss the details of any specific report, under University policy, remedial and protective measures during an investigation can include an interim suspension for the accused party and a no-contact order with the reporting party.Copyright 2017 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved

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