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UF student arrested for sexual battery of woman who went home from a bar with him

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Akhil Sai Kancherla, 19, was arrested on January 11 and charged with sexual battery after a woman who went home with him from a bar said he penetrated her after she asked him to stop.

The victim said she and Kancherla were casual acquaintances who had been chatting for a few weeks on Snapchat and ran into each other at a bar Tuesday night. She went home with him sometime after 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, and she said the two of them had consensual sex.

After they were done, she said she wanted to go home, but Kancherla encouraged her to stay, saying they would go to sleep. However, when she lay back down, he got on top of her and started penetrating her. She reportedly told a Gainesville Police Department officer that she told him repeatedly to stop, but he continued for “what felt like several minutes.” She said he did not use a condom. She then left his residence and completed a sexual assault exam at a hospital.

Post Miranda, Kancherla reportedly said at first that he was too drunk to consent to have sex and that the victim took advantage of him, but he also said he only drank one large seltzer and five shots of lemon drops over a three-hour period; he said that’s less than he usually drinks, and he can normally maintain his ability to make decisions. He later reportedly changed his story to say that he was unable to ejaculate the first time they had sex, so they took a break and engaged in consensual intercourse a second time before the victim went home. He said he wore a condom, but when officers told him they were going to get a search warrant to locate the condom, he reportedly said he had lied about the condom.

Kancherla reportedly later gave a third version, in which they had consensual sex, then he began to have sex with her again and stopped about five seconds after she asked him to stop. He said he was apologetic for the five seconds between the time she asked him to stop and the time he stopped.

Kancherla has been released on $100,000 bail. According to The Alligator, Kancherla has been suspended from his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

    • I see his name is Indian/Hindu, so raping and cutting people probably wouldn’t be part of his annual New Year’s celebration. My bad.

  • If he’s an international student, how long will it take to revoke his VISA?
    Wonder what the punishment in India is for raping someone?
    I’m sure the victim gets comfort in knowing he was “suspended” from his fraternity.

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