An LSU law student arrested Wednesday faces additional rape counts in both the initial alleged rape and a separate incident that allegedly occurred almost exactly one year ago involving a different woman.
Abdellatif E. Devol, 25, a third-year law student, was arrested Wednesday outside of an intellectual property class on an accusation of raping a 26-year-old woman at his home Sept. 13, authorities have said.
Devol now faces a count each of forcible rape and simple rape in the incident last weekend, in addition to a count each of attempted forcible rape and sexual battery in a September 2012 incident.
Detectives have not ruled out the possibility that additional victims will come forward, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman.
After seeing media reports about Devol’s arrest Wednesday, another woman came forward and told police that Devol sexually assaulted and attempted to rape her after they met at a tailgate on LSU’s campus in 2012, Baton Rouge police said.
In that instance, Devol is accused of bringing the woman, 24, back to his residence, which at the time was an apartment in the 3000 block of July Street, according to an arrest warrant.
Devol became increasingly aggressive, the warrant says, including allegedly throwing the woman on his bed. The woman tried to flee, but failed to get away before Devol grabbed her, took her back to the bed and began removing her clothes, the warrant says.
The woman told detectives that she began telling Devol to stop, and that she didn’t want to have sex, but that it didn’t stop him from touching her inappropriately, the warrant says.
The victim told detectives that Devol then got up to put on a condom, and that’s when she escaped, the warrant says.
In the second development, Devol is facing a count of simple rape after being accused of raping the 26-year-old woman a second time at the victim’s residence a few hours after the initial incident, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
In parish court filings, prosecutors have identified Devol as a “realistic flight risk” for several reasons: He has wealthy family in Egypt, no real family ties in the U.S. and no intention of remaining in America upon the expected completion of law school.
Devol is being held in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a total bond of $160,000, prison records show.