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2nd former CHS student pleads guilty to rape

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By the Associate Press

and Tribune Staff

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) A second former Chesterton High School student has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman at a party while he was attending the University of Saint Francis.

Former CHS student and USF football player Austin Bower pleaded guilty on Friday to rape in a Fort Wayne court. His sentencing is scheduled for May 13.

Former CHS and USF student Alexander Beierwalter previously pleaded guilty to rape in January.

A third former USF student, basketball walk-on Troy Turner, pleaded guilty to sexual battery on Tuesday.

WANE-TV and The Journal Gazette reported that the victim told police in 2011 that Bower and two other men raped her when she lay down after drinking vodka. Investigators found apparent photos of the assault on Bower's cell phone.

All three men are 23 and left USF in 2011.


Posted 4/18/2013