BREAKING NEWS: Man arrested after alleged rape inside ISU residence hall

A man has been arrested on allegations of sexual abuse inside an Iowa State University residence hall in Ames.

According to a criminal complaint, 22-year-old Barret Eugene Vonk is accused of assaulting a female inside a restroom at Wallace Hall, located at 917 Welch Avenue.

The complaint states that the victim, a friend of Vonk’s girlfriend, had been invited to her friend’s dorm room to “hang out.” Vonk, who was also in the dorm, is said to have brought alcohol to the gathering. The complaint goes on to say that Vonk pressured the victim “to consume copious amounts of alcohol while he remained sober.”

Vonk then reportedly made sexually driven comments toward the victim, eventually forcing her to touch him inappropriately.

The complaint narrative indicates that the victim then left the dorm room and went to a bathroom. Vonk is accused of following her into the bathroom, forcing her into a shower stall, and committing a sexual act on the victim “by force and against her will.” The narrative states that the victim “did not consent to this sex act.”

ISU Police Chief Michael Newton confirmed to StoryCounty.News that Vonk was visiting the area and is not a student at the university.

Since the alleged crime took place on ISU property, the Iowa State University Police Department led the investigation.

Vonk was charged with Third-Degree Sexual Abuse, a class “C” felony. An arrest warrant was issued on June 10, according to court documents. He was arrested early Monday and transported to the Story County Jail in Nevada. He was released later the same morning on a $10,000 bond, per online records.

Barret E. Vonk, 22, is accused of sexually abusing a female victim inside Wallace Hall on the campus of Iowa State University. (Photo: Story County Jail)

Court documents show that Vonk is also facing a separate Third-Degree Sexual Abuse charge in Sioux County, stemming from a January incident. He was arrested in relation to that incident in early June and later bonded out.

If convicted, Vonk faces up to ten years in prison per Third-Degree Sexual Abuse charge. (Photo: Sioux County Jail)

No-contact orders have been issued in both cases.

In recent months, four different males have been made arrested for rape crimes that allegedly either occurred on ISU property, involved an ISU student, or both.

In late March, an ISU senior was arrested on allegations he sexually assaulted his then-girlfriend. Less than a month later, another senior was arrested for sexual abuse that reportedly involved an ex-girlfriend. In July, a third senior was arrested for sexually assaulting a female and holding her against her will.

If you feel you have been a victim of sexual assault, you are encouraged to call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or visit www.rainn.org/resources for online chat help. You may also contact Ames PD at 515-239-5133, ISU PD at 515-294-4428, or the Story County Sheriff’s Office at 515-382-6566.

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