Western Carolina student charged with the rape of Appalachian student


The Appalachian Online

Nicole Caporaso

UPDATE (4:12 p.m. Nov. 3): 

Bill Studenc, senior director of news services for WCU, said the university will move forward in compliance with the school’s protocol for the offense in question.

“Although regulations about the privacy of student information prohibit us from discussing specific details, the university treats allegations of rape and other sexual assault very seriously, and will thoroughly review the facts of this matter,” he said. “In any case involving a charge such as this, the university will follow established procedures and protocols in our code of student conduct and other university policies.”

A Western Carolina University student was charged Sunday with the rape of an Appalachian State University student, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

The victim is a 20-year-old female resident of Boone. Robert William McRainey, 20, was charged with second-degree rape and is being held at the Jackson County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond, according to the report.

Authorities said the alleged incident was reported Saturday morning at a Citadel Drive apartment in Cullowhee that is shared by two friends of the victim and suspect.

“Appalachian has protocols for support and outreach to any member of our community who is a survivor of sexual assault,” said Hank Foreman, Appalachian Chief Communications Officer. “It is important that members of our community who experience interpersonal violence know they are not alone and have access to support and resources.”

Story: Nicole Caporaso, Senior News Reporter