Former Texas A&M student receives 7 year prison sentence for sexual assault
Prosecutors say Jacob Pape was on trial for one case, but there are several other survivors who have filed assault reports with police
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - A former Texas A&M student has been sentenced to seven years in prison for a sexual assault.
According to the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office, Jacob Pape, 26, was convicted by a jury last Friday night. Prosecutors say he was on trial for one case, but there are several other survivors who have filed assault reports with police. The three survivors have been identified by the district attorney’s office as Survivor #1, Survivor #2 and Survivor #3.
According to the district attorney’s office, on July 8, 2017, Survivor #1 agreed to go on a date with Pape in College Station. He was a member of the Brothers Under Christ (BYX) Christian Fraternity and was on weekend leave from working a Christian camp. During the date they returned to Survivor #1′s apartment where Pape sexually assaulted her. After assaulting her, Pape said they “needed to pray about their sin of premarital sex and told Survivor #1 that she was obliged to forgive him.”
On Sept. 1, 2017, Survivor #2 agreed to go on a date with Pape. He gave her a glass of wine, but after drinking it Survivor #2 could no longer walk. Pape then took her to his home where he sexually assaulted her. Afterwards, Pape called her roommates to come pick her up. Survivor #2 was in and out of consciousness when her roommates arrived, but she was able to tell them she had been sexually assaulted. They took her to Baylor Scott & White where she received a sexual assault exam.
Survivor #2 did not initially report the assault to police, something not unusual in these cases, because she wanted to believe it was a mistake. As a result her kit was not processed by the crime lab.
According to the district attorney’s office Pape’s roommates and fellow members of Brothers Under Christ, became suspicious of his behavior and confronted him after hearing of Survivor #2′s allegations. Pape told them he continued to assault Survivor #2 while she was unconscious.
In the spring of 2018, Breakaway Ministries held a sermon on sexual assault that ended with the minister encouraging survivors of sexual violence to reach out and tell someone. After seeing the sermon, Survivor #1 reached out to a roommate of Pape’s to report her sexual assault.
During the punishment phase of the trial, the jury heard that a third survivor was sexually assaulted on Aug. 14, 2017. Survivor #3 agreed to a movie date at Pape’s house after texting for a few months. After Pape gave her one glass of wine, Survivor #3 began to feel “super intoxicated.” Pape then took her to his bedroom where he sexually assaulted her. Afterward, Pape convinced Survivor #3 that the sexual assault was due to “her behavior and it caused him to stumble.”
These women later reported their assaults to Texas A&M and Pape was expelled as a result of these assaults.
“The Brazos County DA’s Office would like to thank Texas A&M University, Breakaway Ministries, the former roommates of the Defendant, and the brave survivors who testified about this defendant and the brave survivors who helped bring this defendant to justice,” the DA’s Office said in a statement.
“The jury’s verdict is a monumental step forward in protecting women in this community from sexual violence,” said First Assistant District Attorney Brian Baker and Assistant District Attorney Jessica Escue.
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