PHOENIX — Update (Nov. 15): The Maricopa County Attorney's Office said Monday that it filed a motion to dismiss initial charges against Gabriel Teixeria Lima Ara and "have forwarded the case back to Phoenix for additional investigation." Phoenix police said the investigation is ongoing and that they do not have any other persons they are looking for.
A student at Grand Canyon University is facing charges of burglary and sexual assault after being accused of raping another student in her dorm room, according to police and court records.
Police said Gabriel Teixeria Lima Ara, 21, was hanging out with a small group of people inside a dorm room at GCU on Saturday evening. Around 9:30 p.m., one of the women went to sleep. An hour later, Ara was asked to leave their room.
Sometime during the overnight hours, Ara allegedly opened the door to the women's dorm room and went into the victim's bedroom. The woman woke up to Ara having sex with her, according to court documents.
One of the victim's roommates heard the commotion and came into the room, where the victim then said Ara had raped her, documents stated. He reportedly denied the allegation, got dressed, and ran out of the dorm.
Ara was located in his dorm room by GCU campus police and arrested, according to documents. He was booked into jail under suspicion of burglary and sexual assault.
Grand Canyon University released the following statement regarding the arrest.
While we cannot comment on an active criminal or Title IX investigation nor share student information that is protected by federal privacy laws, we take seriously any report of sexual violence. Student safety is our utmost priority and we are fortunate that there are very few cases of sexual assault on campus. GCU has a highly trained police force on campus and works in conjunction with Phoenix Police on such incidents and will fully comply with its Title IX policies as outlined here.
Documents said Ara was in the U.S. on a student visa from Brazil. It is unclear if he spoke to campus police after his arrest.
Editor's note: If you are a victim of sexual assault, need help, or know someone who is, resources are available. The National Sexual Assault Hotline can be reached at 1-800-656-4673.