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Belmont student arrested on charge of rape

A Belmont student is free on bond after being arrested on a charge of rape, The Tennessean reported Monday.

Carlos Reyes, a former Belmont student, will go to trial on April 12 for the rape of a woman in his home on Jan. 1.

The victim stated she was going to spend the night at Reyes’ house after spending time at another friend’s house, according to a police affidavit.

Vision reporters have possessed the affidavit since Jan. 23 but were told not to report on the rape accusations by Belmont administrators to avoid further trauma to the victim. Belmont University’s stance reversed upon the publication of The Tennessean article which has been widely circulated among the students.

The Vision does not identify victims of sexual assault.

The victim stated she woke up in the middle of the night to the suspect having sex with her. At Nashville General Hospital, the victim agreed to have a recorded call with the suspect, according to the document.

During a controlled phone call with the victim, Reyes admitted “my drunk ass got the best of me” and he did not have the victim’s permission to have sex with her, according to the affidavit.

As also stated on the affidavit, Reyes told police before his arrest, “he knows about the situation but would rather talk to an attorney.”

When asked about the rape charge against Reyes, officials in Student Affairs said they could not comment on the matter.

According to Belmont’s Alpha Tau Omega website, Reyes was the recruitment chair of the chapter.

As of Jan. 18, Reyes had been dropped from all of his courses, according to the Office of the Registrar.

This article was written by Jessica King, Rebecca Arnold and Zach Gilchriest. Photo courtesy of Metro Nashville Police Department.

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