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Lance Armstrong's son accused of sexually assaulting 16-year-old girl in 2018

Claire Osborn, Austin American-Statesman on

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AUSTIN, Texas — Lance Armstrong's son, Luke Armstrong, has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 2018, according to an arrest affidavit issued on April 1.

The 21-year-old son of the disgraced cycling legend was charged with sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

"A complete review of the facts will confirm what has been alleged absolutely did not occur and a proper and thorough legal process will exonerate Luke," Randy Leavitt, Armstrong's attorney, said Wednesday.

"What occurred three years ago in high school was not a crime and not a sexual assault. What it was was a consensual relationship then and it continued to be consensual between the two young people with both ultimately going their separate ways. These charges should never have been filed and certainly not three years later."

The girl reported the 2018 incident to the police on Nov. 17, 2020, the affidavit said. She told police she first met Luke Armstrong around June 20, 2018, when she went with a mutual friend to Armstrong's house on Windsor Road in Austin.

She then went to a party two days later on the night of June 22, 2018, where she got drunk, the affidavit said. She couldn't find a ride home so she contacted Armstrong to pick her up, the document said.

She told police she didn't remember the ride with Armstrong but woke up in his house where he sexually assaulted her, according to the affidavit. He then drove her home without saying anything, the document said.

She made a recorded call to Armstrong on Dec. 8, 2020, during which Armstrong admitted to having sex with her at his father's house a few years ago, the affidavit said. Armstrong told her in the phone call that he picked her up and they went to his father's bedroom in his father's house, the document said.

 

Armstrong told the victim on the phone that he remembered asking her if they were going to have sex, the affidavit said. "He remembered her taking her clothes off and walking to the bed herself," the document said.

She told police she informed six people that Armstrong had sex with her. Police interviewed the six people and four of them remembered that the girl "described the sex as nonconsensual," the affidavit said.

One of those four people said the girl told her about the assault a week after the incident happened, the document said.

Two of those four people said she described crying and having nightmares "about the assault years afterwards," the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, one of the four people had communicated with the girl the night it happened and could see that she was obviously intoxicated.

The affidavit also said a friend of Armstrong's who was with him when he picked up the girl on the night of the ride home told police that Armstrong did not drink at all that night.

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