West Lafayette man charged with 2 counts of rape

Booking photo shows Robert Rudolph. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Jail)
Booking photo shows Robert Rudolph. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Jail)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A West Lafayette man is charged with two counts of rape after a victim contacts authorities about a man taking a first date too far.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office received a report of rape on Wednesday, Oct. 5, just after 1 a.m. The 20-year-old woman told Deputy Andy Cree she was raped by Robert Rudolph, 27, documents state.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the two had met two days prior at the gym and exchanged numbers. She said they text messaged a few times and then had a dinner date at his West Lafayette apartment. She said Rudolph served dinner with wine and she had a few sips. They ate on the couch and stayed there after dinner.

Court documents state Rudolph began kissing the victim and she allowed it, until he went to take off her shirt and she told him no. The victim told police he got more physically aggressive and his demeanor changed. Documents continue on to say Rudolph took the victim to the bedroom and raped her two times. The second time was after the victim tried to leave; she said Rudolph asked for oral sex and she said no, and he said “just let me do this” and forced himself on her.

After the victim left, she contacted authorities. Deputy Cree spoke with Rudolph who insists he did not rape the woman.

Court documents state even though he denies the rape, Rudolph’s story of events includes admissions — where he said the victim said “no or whatever.” He told Deputy Cree she was “just delaying it” and she seemed like she was “into it.” But when confronted with what he supposedly said to the victim, “just let me do this,” Rudolph denied raping the 20-year-old and claims he said “can we do this really quick?”

Tippecanoe County prosecutors have charged Rudolph with two counts of rape, criminal confinement and sexual battery.

Rudolph was arrested Oct. 5. He was taken to the Tippecanoe County Jail, where he remains on a $75,000 bond.

Records indicate he is enrolled for the fall semester at Purdue University.