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Bloomington jury trial for rape case scheduled for March



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Alexandre Buitendorp was arrested Sept. 12, 2017, after a then-22-year-old woman accused him of raping her March 26, 2017.  Courtesy Photo Buy Photos

A jury trial is scheduled to begin March 11 after a 24-year-old Bloomington man accused of rape appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Alexandre Buitendorp was arrested Sept. 12, 2017, after a then-22-year-old woman accused him of raping her March 26, 2017. 

The two told police they met at Kilroy’s Sports Bar after 1 a.m. that night. The woman told Bloomington Police Detective Kevin Frank she blacked out and remembered waking up in the front seat of Buitendorp’s car to him fingering her.

She told police she thinks she passed out again and then woke up in her house, completely naked and vomiting. She also reported having bruises on her arms and chest. 

The woman completed a sexual assault examination at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. A test found Buitendorp’s DNA inside the woman’s vagina. 

She also tested positive for a date rape drug, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid — also known as GHB. She told police she does not use illegal drugs. 

Buitendorp initially told BPD he met the woman at the bar and walked back to her house, but nothing happened between the two because he lost his phone and was worried about it. 

Later in the interview, he told officers he drove with the woman back to her house and they engaged in consensual sexual activity but did not have sexual intercourse. 

Retired Judge Marc Kellams will be filling in for Judge Valeri Haughton in the March jury trial. 

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