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Sexual assault claim leads to charges for drug crimes

College fraternities are notorious for their parties, which often involve the consumption of alcohol and other questionable, albeit more intimate, activities. One such party in August led to an accusation of sexual assault against one of the members of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) at a party that took place at an off-campus location. The investigation into that incident by police at the California State University San Marcos campus and other local law enforcement agencies ultimately prompted an investigation into drug crimes supposedly committed by fraternity members.

It should be noted that the sexual assault charge was dropped after DNA testing cleared the accused student of any wrongdoing. However, during the investigation of that incident, authorities claim they were told that members of TKE were supplying minors with alcohol and illegal drugs. They were also accused of intimidating people into silence.

After months of investigation, authorities obtained search warrants for two different homes -- one in San Marcos and the other in Oceanside -- where two TKE members reside. When the warrants were executed, authorities claim they found drugs, such as steroids, marijuana and cocaine, along with others, at the two residences. As a result, two students were taken into custody and transported to the Vista Detention Facility. Reportedly, officials believe that additional arrests could be forthcoming in connection with their investigation.

In the meantime, the two men accused of drug crimes are to be presumed innocent. Just because they have been arrested, does not mean they are guilty. California prosecutors will be required to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt before they can be convicted of any crime. Criminal defense teams for each of the men will be afforded the opportunity to review the details of the investigation and any evidence that prosecutors intend to use in court. If any reasonable doubt of their guilt is revealed, the charges may not stand.

Source: fox5sandiego.com, "2 San Marcos fraternity members arrested on drug charges", Dec. 12, 2014

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