Las Cruces man accused of rape

Mug shot of Christopher Catanach.

Christopher Catanach, 19, of Las Cruces, is facing charges of sexual assault.

According to his arrest report, the incident happened on Jan. 26 at a dorm at New Mexico State University.

The victim was 18 at the time, according to records.

The alleged incident began when Catanach and the victim were drinking alcohol.

The victim alleged she drank too much and got sick inside a bathroom.

Catanach is accused of following her inside and sexually assaulting her

According to the investigation, the victim reported the encounter after she sought help from La Pinon Sexual Assault Recovery Services.

Catanach told investigators the sexual encounter was consensual.

He was charged with criminal sexual penetration and selling or giving alcohol to a minor.

Catanach was previously charged in May 2017 for DWI liquor or drug, minor in possession of alcohol.

Dona Ana Detention Center records show Catanach was arrested on Feb. 28 and released five days later.

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