Court Papers: 2010 Rape Happened at WMU Dorm

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A cold case rape arrest this week stemmed from 2010 allegations that the suspect assaulted a Western Michigan University student, court documents show.

Cameron Alvarez, 32, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, was stopped by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week. He faces two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Extradition to Michigan is in progress.

Court records filed last week said Alvarez met the victim in the case, at the time a WMU freshman, at a party on January 22, 2010. They exchanged numbers and Alvarez eventually made his way to the victim’s dorm. According to the document, Alvarez admitted that the victim made it clear before he arrived that she did not want to have sex with him. Once there, however, according to the court document, he raped her. After he left, the victim called a friend for help and that same night was tested for rape.

The court document says the victim has suffered from depression and anxiety ever since. He says she has needed therapy and medication and continues to have flashbacks and trouble sleeping.

Alvarez’s arrest is the result of the work of the Kalamazoo County Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, which was launched in 2017 to test old rape kits and pursue cases.

SAKI connects law enforcement agencies, advocacy groups, attorney general’s offices, and county prosecutors to reach resolutions. The state’s attorney general’s office told News 8 that the victims in these cases ‘may not have been treated fairly when (it) originally happened, which requires serious attention. from a specialized team to be treated properly now”.

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