University of Wisconsin freshman Alec Shiva, who was arrested Friday on multiple charges, was found to be under the influence of LSD during the alleged incident.
Shiva currently faces charges for second degree sexual assault, battery, false imprisonment, strangulation, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim said she and Shiva had gone to a protest on Bascom Hill, where Shiva, who was high on LSD, said he felt “paranoid” and asked her to go back to his room with her.
While at the rally, Shiva told the victim, “They are trying to kill us. Where are we? How did we get here?”
LSD is a psychoactive drug that promotes hallucinations in users. For some, it can create an increased sense of paranoia.
Once back at Sellery Hall, the victim told police Shiva pushed her into his room, locked the door and would not let her leave.
She then began to send text messages to Shiva’s roommate for help. During this time, Shiva got closer to her and then became physically aggressive.
At one point, Shiva grabbed her face and put his hands over her nose and mouth, making it difficult for her to breathe. He then began to inappropriately touch her and said, “I’m going to rape you now. Is that okay?”
Shiva’s roommate, who later arrived at the scene and confronted him, said Shiva typically takes LSD three to five times a week. He has never had a violent episode like this, however, his roommate told police.
According to a search warrant filed Monday, once police arrived at the scene, Shiva, who was naked and covered in blood, ran away from them.
Police later recovered 46 suspected LSD tabs, marijuana and other drug-related items.
Since the investigation is still open, there is a possibility Shiva may face additional drug-related charges in the future, UW Police Department spokesperson Marc Lovicott said.
Shiva is currently banned from the UW campus has been placed under emergency suspension by the university.