Cu-Denver Student Convicted of Kidnapping, Sexually Assaulting Classmate

A 23-year-old man has been convicted of sexually assaulting a fellow student at the University of Colorado – Denver after a 2015 Halloween party.

John D. Kennedy will be sentenced in September on four charges, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office: second-degree kidnapping – victim of a sexual assault; sexual assault – victim physically helpless; sexual assault – victim incapable of appraising nature of her conduct; and unlawful sexual contact.

A jury found Kennedy guilty of those charges after a six-day trial, according a news release from the DA’s office.

Kennedy, who was a student on the Auraria campus, assaulted the classmate after she became unconscious following a night of celebrating Halloween, the DA’s office said. The woman’s friends told police they left her in an apartment where they thought she would be safe for the night.

John Kennedy

But Kennedy, who lived in a nearby apartment, waited for the others to leave and then carried the young woman to his apartment where he assaulted her, the DA’s office said.

A friend noticed the woman was missing and found her in Kennedy’s apartment. Building surveillance cameras recorded Kennedy carrying the unconscious classmate down the hall, the DA’s office said.

The victim did not consent to sexual activity and did not know that she had been assaulted. Police were called and the victim went to Denver Health for a sexual assault exam.

At trial, prosecutors presented DNA evidence, witness statements and the defendant’s confession to prove he was guilty of kidnapping and sexually assaulting the woman.

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