USC student charged with raping woman, 19, in dorm

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A University of Southern California student was charged with raping a 19-year-old woman on campus, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

Armaan Karim Premjee, 20, was charged with one count each of rape by use of drugs and sexual penetration by a foreign object.

The sophomore is accused of sexually assaulting the woman in her campus dorm room sometime after 1 a.m. on April 1.

According to the district attorney's office, the victim's roommate walked in when the alleged crime occurred. Premjee went into a bathroom, and when he returned, the roommate confronted him and he left, the district attorney's office said.

Los Angeles police arrested Premjee on April 11. He was held on $100,000 bail, which he later posted. Prosecutors recommended bail be increased to $1 million.

The judge decided to increase the bail to $200,000.

USC students said they weren't shocked to hear about the rape case. Student Brittany Fleck even added that she wasn't shocked news of the case hadn't spread around campus.

"I'm also not shocked that I didn't hear about because I feel like the university does a pretty good job of not telling us, which is unfortunate," she said.

After Premjee's arraignment hearing, the school issued a statement.

"USC takes all reports of sexual misconduct extremely seriously and is cooperating fully with authorities."

Students still said they felt safe on campus and sexual assaults can happen on any school.

Premjee is scheduled to be back in court on June 6. If convicted as charged, he faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison.
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