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University students arrested over gang-rape accusation

Three university students have been arrested in connection with a date-rape case where the drunk victim was sexually assaulted at their school dormitory in Taipei, police said yesterday.

The suspects from Chinese Culture University took the victim — a vocational school student — to their dorm up in Yangmingshan following a party at a Taipei KTV in Shipai and then allegedly raped her last month, police said.

Police identified one of the suspects with his surname, Chang, a senior of the private university, and the other two were said to be in their sophomore years. Police did not disclose the age of the victim.

The university said the students could be expelled if they are found to be involved in a gang-rape case, the United Evening News reported.

The case, which occurred on Sept. 21, was not reported to the police until Sept. 29, and the paper quoted the suspects as admitting to the crimes during interrogation by police on Thursday.

The suspects were released following the interrogation, but police have referred the case to prosecutors.

The paper cited the suspects as telling police that they were all drunk and "lost control," but stressed they were the only three involved, dismissing rumors that more had joined the alleged rape.

Police have yet to determine whether the victim was drugged.

According to police, the victim met Chang several months. On Sept. 21, the victim accepted Chang's invitation to a KTV party and showed up alone. The other two suspects were also at there.

She drank some beer and the suspects then left with her after midnight. They took her to the university dorm and allegedly raped her. She woke up early in the morning and left alone.

She tried to commit suicide after the ordeal, police said.

The university said the suspects have been evicted from the dorm for breaking the house rules.

It declined to reveal how the victim was brought to the dorm without being noticed during the curfew hours between midnight and 6 a.m. The university said it would tighten management of the dorms.

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