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UF Student Accused of Rape

A University of Florida student was arrested Sunday morning after police claim he raped a woman Sunday in the UF Keys Residential Complex.

The 19-year-old was arrested on a charge of sexual battery. A UF spokesman said the man is enrolled at UF as a construction management sophomore.

The man was invited back to the woman’s apartment to hang out Sunday morning, a UF Police Department arrest report said. The woman apparently told the man she did not want to have sex.

The man allegedly grabbed her by the neck, flipped her over, and started taking off her clothes, police said.

He then pushed the woman’s face into a pillow and raped her, according to the report. She reported to police that she repeatedly told the man to stop.

Once the man finally stopped, police said, the woman called law enforcement.

Police later found the man naked and asleep in the woman’s bedroom. He told police he and the woman had consensual sex.

When police asked for more details, the man requested a lawyer.

The man was booked into the Alachua County jail Sunday morning and has been trespassed from the Keys Residential Complex. He is being held on a $270,000 bond.

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