Parents of girl, 16, sue USF fraternity over alleged rape

After a night of drinking at a University of South Florida fraternity, a 16-year-old girl told police she awoke in a hospital bed, soaked in blood from the waist down.

The last thing she remembered was a 19-year-old Plantation teen taking her to his room.

Dillon LaGamma then had sex with the girl’s “unconscious body, despite her age and obvious level of intoxication,” according to a lawsuit filed by the Pinellas County girl’s parents.

They are suing Pi Kappa Phi, alleging the fraternity failed to protect the girl from sexual assault by one of its members.

They are demanding a jury trial and are seeking $5 million in damages, court records show.

The girl is identified in the lawsuit filed July 6 in Hillsborough County Circuit Court as Jane Doe No. 72.

The alleged assault on Oct. 1 has caused the girl to suffer permanent “psychological, emotional and physical injuries … and the inability to lead a normal life,” the suit says.

The girl was “dangerously intoxicated to the point in which she had difficulty standing up and was incoherent,” the suit says. Yet, fraternity members “continued to encourage and pressure Jane Doe to drink alcohol.”

After she had already had several drinks, the frat brothers poured a “slap bag,” an alcohol-filled sack that’s shared among partygoers, directly into the girl’s mouth and encouraged her to drink all of it.

The girl’s parents allege fraternity members “witnessed Dillon LaGamma bringing a visibly intoxicated female to his room and failed to … prevent what was a forseeable sexual assault.”

A fraternity brother found the girl unconscious in LaGamma’s room and called an ambulance, the suit says.

When reached by phone, LaGamma declined to comment. His attorney, Michael Gonzalez, did not return requests for comment.

USF and Pi Kappi Phi also declined to comment, citing the litigation.

LaGamma was arrested the day after the party on a charge of sexual battery of a child over 12. He is free on $7,500 bond and has been ordered not to have with the victim, court records show.

A jury trial is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 28. LaGamma has pleaded not guilty.


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