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The son of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl nearly three years ago.
Luke David Armstrong, 21, faces a charge of sexual assault of a child, according to an affidavit from the Austin Police Department.
He was released on a personal recognition bond Tuesday, which means that he did not have to deposit any money.
The alleged assault took place in June 2018 after a party in the Texas capital city when Armstrong was 18 years old, police said. The victim, who was two years his junior, reported the incident to the police last November.
An Armstrong attorney denied the allegations and claimed that his client had had a months-long consensual relationship with the victim, which has not been publicly named.
“What happened three years ago in high school was not a crime and it was not a sexual assault,” attorney Randy Leavitt told KXAN.
“ It was a consensual relationship then and it continued to be consensual between two young people and ultimately they both went their separate ways.
“These charges should not have been filed and certainly not three years later.”
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The victim waited almost a year and a half to report the alleged assault to police in November 2020.
She told investigators that she had asked Armstrong to pick her up from a party in June 2018 because she’d been drinking, according to the affidavit.
She said she didn’t remember being driven home in Armstrong’s truck but claimed she woke up on a couch at a home where he lived to find him assaulting her.
Armstrong allegedly admitted to the victim that he had sex with her at his father’s home in a phone call in December 2020.
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Police said the assault occurred at a home in the 1700 block of Windsor Road. Records show Lance Armstrong sold a home on the same block in June 2018.
Leavitt asserted that Armstrong and the victim engaged in consensual sexual contact on multiple occasions over the course of their relationship that summer.
‘It wasn’t a one-time thing,’ the attorney said. ‘They had something of a relationship going on for a brief period of time.’
Elizabeth Boyce, general counsel and director of policy and advocacy for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, told KXAN that it could be difficult to prove the assault charge without physical evidence.
“The main source of evidence is the victim herself, so her bodies are the crime scene and if they couldn’t get a forensic exam, then they are the primary witness to what happened,” Boyce said.
She also said that the ages of the victim and the defendant at the time of the alleged assault could trigger what is known as the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ defense, which can come into play when the two parties are less than three years apart. .
However, Boyce noted, “Even if the Romeo and Juliet law applies, even in cases where the relationship is consensual, that does not mean that a violation has not occurred in that relationship.”
Luke David Armstrong Quicks and Facts
- Luke David Armstrong, 21, was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child, according to an affidavit from the Austin Police Department
- The alleged assault took place in June 2018 after a party in Austin when Armstrong was 18
- The alleged victim reported the incident to police last November
- An attorney for Armstrong denied the allegations and claimed that his client had been in a consensual relationship with the alleged victim