USF fraternity, member sued for sexual assault of a minor

By Sara Belsole, Reporter
Last Updated: Saturday, July 08, 2017, 7:46 AM EDT

A University of South Florida fraternity is being sued for sexual assault of a minor.

  • USF fraternity sued for sexual assault of a minor 
  • 16-year-old victim said she was raped at a PI KAPPA PHI party
  • Lawsuit states victim was pressured to drink; raped by Dillon LaGamma
  • LaGamma charged with sexual battery

A 16-year-old girl said she was raped at one of PI KAPPA PHI’s house parties last fall and is suing the frat and the teen she said is responsible.

The lawsuit was filed Friday against the fraternity and Dillon LaGamma, 19. He was arrested in October and charged with sexual battery on a child over 12.

The lawsuit alleges that the victim and her two sisters were told that they did not need to produce ID’s to get into the house party, and that the fraternity members were just “making it look like they were checking ID’s, so they wouldn’t get in trouble.”

According to the lawsuit, frat members pressured the victim to drink copious amounts of alcohol. It said after she passed out in LaGamma’s bedroom, he raped her, despite her age and level of intoxication.

According to the school’s paper, The Oracle, the fraternity was temporarily suspended through May.

A title 9 investigation found the fraternity was not responsible for the incident, but did violate the student code of conduct.

They are currently able to function as an organization on campus, but alcohol is not allowed at events or in the house until December.

The victim’s attorney, Jeff Herman, stated, “I am very proud of the bravery of my client coming forward. Fraternities need to be held accountable.”