The girl who accused cyclist Lance Armstrong’s son of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 told friends she had nightmares for years after the alleged incident in 2017.
Luke David Armstrong, 21, was arrested on Tuesday in Austin, Texas, and charged with sexual assault on a child.
The alleged attack took place in June 2018 after a party in Austin when Armstrong was 18, police said. The victim, who was two years younger than him, reported it to the police last November.
Investigators spoke to six people who knew the victim to confirm her story. Four of those people said the victim had told them about the sexual assault.
Two of the people she confided in said she described crying and having nightmares about the attack “ years after, ” according to an affidavit from Austin police.
An Armstrong attorney vehemently denied the charges, claiming that his client had had a months-long consensual relationship with the victim, which has not been publicly mentioned.
“What happened in high school three years ago was neither a crime nor a sexual assault,” said the lawyer, Randy Leavitt. KXAN
It was a consensual relationship then and continued consensually between two young people, with both eventually going their separate ways.
“This charge should not have been filed, especially three years later.”
Luke David Armstrong, 21, was arrested on Tuesday in Austin, Texas, and charged with sexual assault on a child. He is depicted on the left in his mugshot and on a school photo on the right
Armstrong is pictured with his father Lance Armstrong, his championship racing cyclist
Police said the alleged attack took place in June 2018 at Lance Armstrong’s Austin home (pictured). According to public records, Lance Armstrong sold the house that same month
The victim waited almost a year and a half to report the matter to the police in November 2020.
She told investigators that she first met Armstrong around June 20, 2018, when she and a mutual friend went to the house where he lived with his father on Windsor Road in Austin.
Two days later, on June 22, she went to a party and called Armstrong to pick her up because she had been drinking and couldn’t find a ride home, the affidavit said.
She said she did not remember driving home in Armstrong’s truck, but claimed she woke up on a sofa in a house where he lived and saw him attack her.
Armstrong is said to have admitted to the victim during a phone call in December 2020 that he had sex with her at his father’s house.
During the call, Armstrong is said to have told the victim that he remembered asking her if they wanted to have sex while they were in his father’s bedroom.
“He remembered her taking off her clothes and walking to the bed herself,” the affidavit said.
After the alleged attack, Armstrong drove the victim to her home without saying a word, she said.
One of six people interviewed by investigators said the victim had told them there was a mutual consent.
Leavitt alleged that Armstrong and the victim had consensual sexual contact on multiple occasions during the course of their relationship that summer.
“It wasn’t a one-off thing,” said the lawyer. “They kind of had a relationship for a short period of time.”
Leavitt said he is in the process of collecting evidence that he says will prove Armstrong’s innocence.
A full account of the facts will confirm that what is being claimed absolutely did not take place. And a proper and thorough legal process will safeguard Luke, ”Leavitt said.
A lawyer for Armstrong (above with his father last year) denied the allegations, claiming his client had been in a consensual relationship with the victim for months
Armstrong was released on Tuesday shortly after his arrest on the basis of a personal acknowledgment, meaning he didn’t have to post any money.
His father, who, according to public records, sold the house on Windsor Road in June 2018, has yet to respond to the allegations.
Lance Armstrong, 49, won the Tour de France seven times in a row between 1999 (pictured) and 2005 before being stripped of all his performance after it was revealed that he used performance-enhancing drugs.
Lance Armstrong, 49, won the Tour de France seven times in a row between 1999 and 2005, before being stripped of all his performance after it was revealed that he was using performance-enhancing drugs.
Luke Armstrong had his own brief athletic career as a walk-on member of the Rice University football team in 2018 and 2019.
He signed out for the 2020 season because of COVID-19, the university said, which confirmed he is still enrolled there.
Elizabeth Boyce, is a general counsel and director of policy and advocacy for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, told KXAN it could be difficult to prove the charges without physical evidence.
“The main source of evidence is the victim themselves, so their bodies are the crime scenes and if they couldn’t get a forensic examination, they’re the primary witness to what happened,” Boyce said.
She also said the age of the victim and defendant at the time of the alleged sexual assault could lead to what is known as the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ defense – which can come into play when the two parties are less than three years old. .
However, Boyce noted, “Even if the Romeo and Juliet law applies, even in cases where the relationship is consensual, it doesn’t mean that rape didn’t take place in that relationship.”
Luke Armstrong had his own brief athletic career as a walk-on member of the Rice University football team in 2018 and 2019. He is shown in uniform with his father