Former UW frat president pleads not guilty to rape charge

Former UW frat president pleads not guilty to rape charge
Edwin De Boer appears at his arraignment on Feb. 4, 2013
SEATTLE -- A former University of Washington fraternity president pleaded not guilty to rape charges Monday morning.

Prosecutors say Edwin De Boer drugged and raped a 22-year-old woman after the two went on a date in Federal Way in November. He is also alleged to have made a partial admission of wrongdoing in a text message to the purported victim, according to Seattlepi.com

According to charging documents, the woman agreed to go out for dinner and drinks with De Boer in November. The pair went to several Tacoma bars; the last thing the woman remembered was a table of beer and appetizers.

She awoke naked and in pain in the bedroom of De Boer’s Federal Way apartment, she later told police. Confused, the woman spoke with De Boer briefly before leaving his apartment.

Shortly thereafter, the woman contacted her sister, who rushed home and ultimately took her to a nearby hospital for a sexual assault examination, a Federal Way detective told the court. The results of that exam were subsequently forwarded to police.

According to charging documents, lab tests showed the woman had ingested a potent sedative that also causes amnesia. Police contend photos taken during the examination support the woman’s claims.  

A judge ordered De Boer to remain held on $300,000 bail, rejecting a request from De Boer's attorney for a $50,000 bail and home monitoring.

De Boer faced similar charges for a rape at a UW fraternity in 2009. In that case, he took a plea deal and served 15 days community service.

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