A former Indiana University student was sentenced to a year of probation Thursday and served only one day in jail after being charged with raping two women, the Associated Press reported.
John Enochs, a former business student at the school, was charged with committing two rapes in 2013 and 2015, but agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors in the case. Prosecutors dropped both rape charges — felonies which would have commanded 16 years in prison — and Enochs pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery, WCNC reported.
Enochs had served one day in jail, according to court records.
Enoch allegedly raped two classmates: one at her sorority in October 2013, and another at his fraternity house in April 2015. According to Fox 59, the second victim did not know Enochs when she attended a party at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity last year, but recalled walking inside to use the bathroom.
She told police her next memory was of being in a room with an unknown man having sex with her, the TV station reported, and that she told the attacker to stop but was held down before she managed to escape. According to authorities, the victim had a laceration on her genitals.
The Indiana Daily Student, the university’s student newspaper, reported that a university police officer found a security video showing Enochs leading the victim through a hallway and into a room in his fraternity house. In the video, the victim then left by herself 24 minutes later.
The other victim told police Enochs was her date to an off-campus dance in October 2013, and that after drinking together with Enoch and friends could not recall an hour-long window in the evening, the student newspaper reported. Friends witnessed Enoch and the victim having sex through a window, but the victim said in an affidavit that she only remembered waking up in a different outfit and texts from Enoch saying he needed to find his boxers.
The victim reported the incident to campus police nine days later and agreed to a criminal investigation after hearing about the 2015 assault, the Indiana Daily Student reported.
The sentence is not the first verdict in a rape case to encounter controversy. Brock Turner, a former Stanford student, was sentenced to six months in jail after being convicted of sexual assault, triggering outrage over the lenient punishment.