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Loyola University freshman charged with raping 2 students

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Updated: March 2, 2013 7:03AM

A Loyola University freshman is facing criminal sexual assault charges after allegedly raping two female classmates in their dorm rooms on the school’s Lake Shore campus.

Colin Cahill Kennedy was arrested after the women went to campus police to report the attacks, which spanned over a two-day period, Cook County prosecutors said.

Kennedy zeroed on his first victim on Jan. 13 after he and the then 19-year-old woman had returned from a night out, assistant state’s attorney Joell Zahr said. He allegedly told the other teenager he couldn’t get into his own room and needed a place to sleep for the night.

The intoxicated victim agreed to let Kennedy sleep over, and then passed out in her clothes, Zahr said. She woke up later in the middle of the night, allegedly finding Kennedy on top her. The woman woke up sore and naked the next morning and saw Kennedy’s clothes on her floor, Zahr said.

After raping that woman, Kennedy, in his boxer shorts, went upstairs to the dorm of another female and told her what had happened, Zahr said.

The next day, Kennedy, 18, raped another woman whose dorm he was in for a small gathering. Again, he told this victim that he needed a place to sleep, Zahr said. The woman, 19, let him sleep on her Futon but then said he came to her bed and started groping her, Zahr said.

The woman told Kennedy “No” and “Stop,” however he still kept removing her clothes and performed a sex act on her, Zahr said.

The teenager, who cried out during the attack, stayed up all night while Kennedy fell asleep, Zahr said.

The second victim ended up telling her friend, who ended up being the first victim, Zahr said.

Kennedy was arrested Sunday at Pumping Company restaurant, 6157 N. Broadway, according to a police report.

In court Tuesday, he had on a shirt that read: “Release the wizard inside of you.”

Kennedy’s attorney pointed to the lack of DNA evidence that ties his client to the crime and said he did not make any statements implicating himself.

Kennedy, who is from California, is studying international business, Robert Kerr said. He is involved in the campus church, Kerr said.

Two classmates who attended Kennedy’s bond hearing Tuesday refused comment.

Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered Kennedy held in lieu of $300,000 bail.

The alleged incidents happened at the 350-room dorm at Fordham Hall, 6455 N. Sheridan Road, according to Loyola spokeswoman Maeve Kiley.

Late Tuesday afternoon, an alert was sent out to students letting them know about the allegations and the resources that are available to them if they are ever attacked, Kiley said.

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