Troy student charged with rape

Published 7:47 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Troy University student has been arrested on charges of rape, after he was indicted by a Pike County Grand Jury last month.

Stephen Paul Knighton, 23 of Enterprise, was taken into custody by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department Monday for an incident that allegedly took place Feb. 5.

“He’s charged with rape in the first degree after action by the grand jury,” said Pike County Assistant District Attorney Tom Anderson.

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Knighton will face trial for allegedly raping a 21-year-old Troy University student in Pace Hall, a dormitory on campus.

Anderson said the victim was Knighton’s girlfriend at the time the incident occurred.

Knighton has also been charged previously with domestic violence third degree, stemming from the same incident, and university action has been taken against him.

Herb Reeves, dean of student services, said while the school did take disciplinary, his charges are not public.

No trial date has been set at this time.