TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A suspect was arrested after officers said he sexually battered a 16-year-old on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa.
It happened early Sunday morning in the Greek Village Building B. USF Police were notified about the incident hours after it occurred. They investigated the claim and identified the suspect as Dillon Lagamma, 19, a student at USF.
According to the criminal affidavit, Lagamma admitted he had sex with the victim. She was unconscious the whole time, police said. The 16-year-old victim is not a USF student.
The investigation didn’t last very long. The incident reportedly took place just after midnight. University of South Florida police confirm Lagamma found himself behind bars before 6 p.m. Sunday night.
Lagamma is charged with sexual battery on a child over 12. He was booked into the Hillsborough County jail. His bail was set at $7,500. He has since bonded out.
“It’s a shame,” said Allen Joyner, a student. “You join a fraternity to improve yourself as an individual and you go and take advantage of girls who are under the influence. I mean, it’s just a shame in general.”
Student Suzannah Lipstein said she couldn’t believe it. “I don’t know. That just shocks me like to hear that even like this early in the semester,” Lipstein said.
The incident took place at a party sponsored by the Pi Kappy Phi fraternity, university officials confirmed.
On Monday night no one answered the door at that fraternity.
Students said they were shocked and saddened for the victim. They also said the incident casts a dark cloud on Greek life and USF.
“It’s definitely not a very good representation of Greek life and it just puts a very bad image on all of us,” Lipstein said.
“When one person does something like that, it kind of makes everyone think this isn’t such a great school, but it really is,” Justin Hirsch said.
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