The Monroe County, In., prosecutor’s office admitted it was frustrated after a former Indiana University student charged in two rape cases ended up spending one day in jail, reports the Indianapolis Star/Fox59.
John Enochs will serve one year of probation after pleading guilty to battery with moderate bodily injury as part of a plea agreement. Two rape charges were dismissed. A woman told police she’d been raped at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house but didn’t know her alleged attacker. She said she repeatedly told him to stop, but he held her down. Eventually she was able to leave the room and get away.
Security video showed Enochs entering the room with the victim. While that case was under investigation, police found a similar alleged rape from 2013. DNA evidence and witness statements led them to Enochs.
Prosecutors said the case presented a “very unusual” set of circumstances; law prevented a jury in either case from learning about the other allegation if the cases went to trial. In the more recent case, prosecutors said DNA and video evidence was problematic.
“This turn of events was frustrating for us as prosecutors, due to the fact that there were two complaints against the defendant. That fact is the reason we continued to pursue accountability on his part which led to this plea agreement,” said Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Robert Miller.