The girl who accused disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong’s son of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 told friends she had nightmares for years after the alleged incident in 2017.
Luke David Armstrong, 21, was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child on Tuesday in Austin, Texas.
The alleged assault took place in June 2018 after a party in Austin when Armstrong was 18, police said. The victim, who was two years his junior, reported the incident to police last November.
Investigators spoke to six people who knew the victim to corroborate her story. Four of those people said the victim had told them about the assault.
Two of the people she confided in said that she described how she cried and had nightmares about the assault for ‘years afterward’, according to an affidavit from the Austin Police Department.
An attorney for Armstrong vehemently denied the allegations and claimed that his client had been in a months-long consensual relationship with the victim, who has not been named publicly.
‘What occurred three years ago in high school was not a crime and was not a sexual assault,’ the attorney, Randy Leavitt, told KXAN.
‘It was a consensual relationship then and continued consensually between two young people with both ultimately going their separate ways.
‘These charges should not have been filed and certainly not three years later.’
Luke David Armstrong, 21, was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child on Tuesday in Austin, Texas. He is pictured left in his mugshot and right in a school photo
Armstrong is pictured with his championship cyclist father Lance Armstrong
Police said the alleged assault took place in June 2018 at Lance Armstrong’s home in Austin (pictured). Lance Armstrong sold the home that same month, according to public records
The victim waited almost a year and a half to report the alleged assault to police in November 2020.
She told investigators that she first met Armstrong around June 20, 2018, when she and a mutual friend went to the house where he lived with his father on Windsor Road in Austin.
Two days later on June 22 she went to a party and called Armstrong to pick her up because she’d been drinking and couldn’t find a ride home, the affidavit said.
She said she didn’t remember being driven home in Armstrong’s truck but claimed she woke up on a couch at a home where he lived to find him assaulting her.
Armstrong allegedly admitted to the victim that he had sex with her at his father’s home in a phone call in December 2020.
During the call Armstrong allegedly told the victim that he remembered asking her if they were going to have sex when they were in his father’s bedroom.
‘He remembered her taking her clothes off and walking to the bed herself,’ the affidavit said.
After the alleged assault Armstrong drove the victim to her home without saying anything, she said.
One of the six people interviewed by investigators said that the victim had told them the sex was consensual.
Leavitt asserted that Armstrong and the victim engaged in consensual sexual contact on multiple occasions over the course of their relationship that summer.
‘It wasn’t a one-time thing,’ the attorney said. ‘They had something of a relationship going on for a brief period of time.’
Leavitt said he is working to collect evidence which he says will prove Armstrong’s innocence.
‘A complete review of the facts will confirm what has been alleged absolutely did not occur. And a proper and thorough legal process will exonerate Luke,’ Leavitt said.
An attorney for Armstrong (above with his father last year) denied the allegations and claimed that his client had been in a months-long consensual relationship with the victim
Armstrong was released on a personal recognizance bond shortly after his arrest on Tuesday, meaning he did not have to post any money.
His cyclist father – who sold the home on Windsor Road in June 2018, according to public records – has yet to respond to the allegations.
Lance Armstrong, 49, won the Tour De France seven consecutive times between 1999 (pictured) and 2005 before he was stripped of all of his achievements after it was revealed that he used performance-enhancing drugs
Lance Armstrong, 49, won the Tour De France seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005 before he was stripped of all of his achievements after it was revealed that he used performance-enhancing drugs.
Luke Armstrong had his own brief athletic career as a walk-on member of the Rice University football team in 2018 and 2019.
He opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, according to the university, which confirmed he is still enrolled there.
Elizabeth Boyce, is general counsel and director of policy and advocacy for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, told KXAN said it could be difficult to prove the assault charge without physical evidence.
‘The primary source of evidence is the victim themselves so their bodies are the crime scene and if they were not able to get a forensic exam, then they are the primary witness for what happened,’ Boyce said.
She also said that the ages of the victim and the defendant at the time of the alleged assault could trigger what’s known as the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ defense – which can come into play when the two parties have less than three years’ age difference.
However, Boyce noted: ‘Even if the Romeo and Juliet law applies, even in cases where the, where the relationship is consensual, that doesn’t mean that a rape did not occur in that relationship.’
Luke Armstrong had his own brief athletic career as a walk-on member of the Rice University football team in 2018 and 2019. He is pictured in uniform with his father