Former Indiana University student accused of rape sues school, accuser for defamation

Former Indiana University student accused of rape sues school, accuser for defamation

A former Indiana University student is suing the university, saying it gave preferential treatment to a female student who accused him of rape and makes “numerous mandates to make it more difficult for males accused of sexual misconduct to defend themselves.”

Aaron Farrer, a 21-year-old from Lafayette, was accused of rape in September 2015 after a female student said Farrer took advantage of her drunken state. The woman showed police a text message she received from Farrer the next day apologizing for the incident. Farrer told police the woman consented to sex, and initiated the act.

That November, Farrer was expelled from school, according to court documents. The case against him was dismissed in September 2016 in Monroe Superior Court because of insufficient evidence.

This week, Farrer filed the federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, saying he was defamed and was  a victim of intentional infliction of emotional distress. He also alleges his constitutional rights were violated.

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