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Penn State Student Charged with Felony Rape

by on November 24, 2014 4:28 PM

A Penn State student faces felony rape charges after allegedly having sex with an unconscious woman.

State College police first received a report in September that Christopher Ender, 20, had allegedly raped a female victim the night before. According to court documents, the victim had met Ender at a party at the Delta Chi fraternity, where the two reportedly drank alcohol and became intoxicated.

The victim told police that she and Ender walked to Ender's apartment, where they began to kiss. The victim reportedly told Ender she did not want any further physical intimacy, saying "no, no, I'm sorry but no." Police say Ender told the woman to "just lay down," at which point she laid down on Ender's bed fully dressed.

The woman reportedly lost consciousness and awoke to Ender allegedly having sex with her before losing consciousness again. Police say that when she woke up the next morning she was still in her dress, but her underwear were on the floor beside the bed. After immediately leaving Ender's apartment, she got dressed in her dorm room and went to the emergency room.

Several days later, the woman called Ender, who reportedly told her he had sex with her for "not that long" and that he didn't understand what she meant when she said "no." Ender also reportedly told the woman that she was "not functioning" and "out" when he had sex with her.

Police interviewed Ender in October, at which point he reportedly denied removing the woman's clothes or having sex with her.

Ender was arraigned on charges of rape, sexual assault and indecent assault on Monday. He has been released on $50,000 bail, according to police. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on December 3.

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Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for StateCollege.com who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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