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Two charged with hindering rape investigation at ASU

Camden English (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Camden English (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Alex Techmer (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Alex Techmer (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Two men are charged with hindering apprehension in connection to a rape investigation at Arkansas State University.

University police say an 18-year-old girl reported the rape on Friday morning.

During an initial investigation at the Sigma Pi house, Camden English, a Sigma Pi fraternity member, told police he did not have any contact with the victim outside of finding her unconscious in his bed.

According to court documents, English was later contacted by University Police for an interview at the University Police Department.

English told police he took a picture with the victim, as he normally does with other female guests at parties. He said he was in the room with several other men and the victim, talking and having drinks before she left with another person.

Police obtained a search warrant signed by Judge Keith Blackman allowing them to take DNA swabs of English's cheek and search his room.

Police say English was left in an interview room while police went to search the room.

The probable cause affidavit states while in an interview room, English sent a text message to another person asking him to get rid of a vodka punch in his room.

According to police, the victim told officers she drank the punch before becoming unconscious.

University Police also contacted Alex Techmer to complete an interview as a possible witness. Police say he later admitted English sent him a message asking him to remove the drink from his room. He says another fraternity member removed the punch.

Police discovered Techmer was not a student at Arkansas State University.

Dr. Rick Stripling, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, said in these types of situations, they ask the person to not be on the campus at all.

He said the Sigma Pi fraternity will not be allowed to host any events right now.

“The chapter has been sent a notice just saying all your activities are suspended except for just regular meetings,” Dr. Stripling said.

Bill Smith, executive director of Marketing and Communications, says the university is taking both cases very seriously and police now have two ongoing investigations.

“There's the original complaint and these gentlemen's interference with the investigation of the original complaint,” Smith said. "Obviously the investigation continues regarding the original complaint."

English was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Both English and Techmer are scheduled to appear in court next month.

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