A 21-year-old man unaffiliated with the University was arrested Oct. 16 for simple rape of a University student in her on-campus residence hall.

The woman told police she and her ex-boyfriend, Aaron Carrington Cade of 879 Belhaven Trace Drive, were discussing their recent breakup on Oct. 6 when he began making sexual advances toward her, said LSU Police Department spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde.

The victim told Cade to stop, but his advances escalated to attempted sexual activity, Lalonde said.

Lalonde said the victim told officers she eventually gave up because she thought he was not going to stop.

After the alleged rape, the victim visited the LSU Student Health Center, and the Health Center contacted LSUPD on Oct. 9 about a possible rape on campus. Investigators met with the woman and arrested Cade after she identified him in a lineup, Lalonde said.

During questioning, Cade told officers the sexual contact was consensual and the woman never told him to stop, but investigators believed they had sufficient evidence of probable cause for an arrest, Lalonde said.

Cade was arrested for simple rape and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Oct. 16.

Cade could face 25 years in prison if convicted, Lalonde said.

Lalonde said it is important for victims of all crime to come forward, but particularly victims of sexual crimes.

“Even if it is not to law enforcement, report to medical professionals,” he said.

There are resources to assist victims with the process, including those on campus, Lalonde said.

Associate Director for Residential Life Jay High said ResLife cannot release any information outside of the police report.

ResLife is here to “respect and protect the privacy of our residents,” High said.

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