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EWU freshman arrested on suspicion of raping another student

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 8, 2015

An Eastern Washington University student was arrested late Wednesday on suspicion of raping a fellow student in his dorm room while recording the incident on his cellphone.

A woman told police that she was walking to her dorm after leaving an off-campus party when she encountered a man near Showalter Hall. She said the man grabbed her and forced her to go with him, telling her that he would harm her if she tried to attract the attention of people nearby, according to court documents.

The woman said he took her to his dorm room in Morrison Hall where he repeatedly sexually assaulted her. She told police that the assault was so violent that she bled on his bed, according to court documents.

Police arrested Reed J. Kopec, 19, on suspicion of second-degree rape and unlawful imprisonment. He reportedly admitted having sex with the woman and recording it, according to court documents. He also told police that other residents of the dorm helped him wash the blood-stained bedding.

Kopec’s bond was set at $17,500 during a brief court appearance Thursday. Deputy prosecuting attorney Sharon Hedlund said the incident was not a “typical garden variety” accusation of assault on a college campus since Kopec admitted filming it and destroying evidence.

Hedlund said EWU had planned to suspend Kopec, but he decided to withdraw and return home to Shoreline, Washington. Kopec’s father spoke in the courtroom and promised to make sure his son attends court.

“We love our son,” he said. “We’re sad for whatever has occurred. We will stand behind him.”

After his father spoke he sat down, clasped his head in his hands and appeared to be struggling to contain his emotions.

Kopec was banned from campus and told not to have contact with the victim. Spokane County Supreme Court Judge Sam Cozza emphasized that the no-contact provision applied to Twitter and Facebook.

“There had better not be anything about this on any social media that he controls,” Cozza said.

Deputy Chief Gary Gasseling of the EWU Police Department said his officers seized Kopec’s cellphone. As of Thursday afternoon they were waiting for a search warrant before examining the phone’s contents.

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