Police Investigating Woman's Claim That She Was Raped at Wilson Pool

Victim told her family her attacker was a pool employee who let them in for an after-hours party

By Jackie Bensen and Mark Segraves
|  Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013  |  Updated 8:06 PM EDT
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A woman's family tells News4 that she was beaten and sexually assaulted in side a locker room at DC's Wilson Aquatic Center during an after hours visit.

Jackie Bensen

A woman's family tells News4 that she was beaten and sexually assaulted in side a locker room at DC's Wilson Aquatic Center during an after hours visit.

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D.C. police are investigating a woman's claim that she was severely beaten and raped at the Wilson Aquatic Center in Northwest by a pool employee who let himself and the victim in after hours.

The man then drove the injured, 22-year-old victim back to her home in Prince William County, Va., where he left her at the doorstep of her home, her uncle and father told News4.

The victim is still in Washington Hospital Center, the family members said.

"These young guys just think they can do what they want to do," the victim's uncle told News4. "It's really crazy."

The uncle said that the victim came to the Wilson pool "to have a pool party after hours, and I don't know how that happened." The family members said the man said he was a pool employee, and he had a key to the aquatic center.

Metropolitan Police officers were seen investigating the scene at the Wilson pool Tuesday.  A spokesperson for D.C. police confirmed detectives are investigating an allegation of an assault there.

The pool is run by the District's Department of Parks and Recreation, and the workers there are rec department employees. A spokesperson for the rec department also confirmed an ongoing investigation into an incident at the pool.

The rec department spokesperson told News4 “safety is our top priority.”

The pool is next to Wilson High School, and the school's swim teams use the facility, but it is not run by the school. The school's swim team practiced on Tuesday morning, apparently before the attack had been reported.

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