NCU student arrested on rape charges

prosecutors say the victim couldn't give consent because of mental defect, mental incapacitation, or physical helplessness.

Posted: Dec 6, 2018 10:22 AM
Updated: Dec 6, 2018 7:27 PM

EUGENE, Ore -- A Northwest Christian University student who is also on their track and field team is facing rape charges.

According to court records, Dominic Cantu, 20, was booked into the Lane County Jail just after 6 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Cantu is facing two counts of rape in the first degree. On Tuesday during his arraignment, he agreed to extend the deadline of his preliminary hearing and was later released on bail.    

Court documents allege the crime happened on around March 17th in Lane County, but don't specify where. In the documents, prosecutors say the victim couldn't give consent because of mental defect, mental incapacitation, or physical helplessness.

Eugene police said Cantu was arrested Wednesday afternoon without incident on Alder street between East 12th and 13th avenue. They said Cantu knows the victim and have been investigating since November. 

According to NCU's website, Cantu is on the men's track and field team and is a graduate of Willamette High School.

A spokesman for the university, Pat Walsh said in a statement, "we are sad to learn of these allegations and will cooperate with authorities as is needed. We pray for the truth to be revealed; for justice to be served; and for healing for all involved.”

Cantu is expected to go before a judge again on January 10th. 

Eugene police are still investigating and is urging anyone with information come forward. 

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