Indiana University Student Receives Plea Agreement After Lead Investigator Presented False Evidence

A former Indiana University student who was charged in connection with two rape cases in September 2015 pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of battery with moderate bodily injury and will serve probation.

The rape charges against John Enochs were dropped as part of the plea agreement, according to ABC Indianapolis affiliate WRTV.

A statement obtained by ABC News, written on behalf of Enochs, read, “John Enochs did admit to conduct in one instance that the Court found to be a misdemeanor. He is profoundly sorry for his lack of judgment and has apologized for his conduct.”

Enochs was a member of the Delta Tau Theta fraternity when the first rape was reported in April 2015. A woman who said she had been drinking accused Enochs of attempting to have sex with her. Campus police said security video appeared to implicate Enochs.

While police were investigating that case, another woman accused him of a rape at the Delta Zeta sorority house on the Bloomington, Indiana, campus in October 2013. Enochs was charged after a DNA test.

Enochs’ statement addressed alcohol’s involvement in the first case: “Issues of alcohol and sexual misconduct are serious issues on college campuses across the country, but such issues are trivialized when law enforcement misrepresents the true facts and fails to investigate the allegations fully and fairly.”

The statement also reads, “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.”

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