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The 21-year-old son of cyclist Lance Armstrong was charged with sexual assault of a minor last week over an incident that allegedly occurred in 2018.

The Austin Statesman reported Wednesday that Luke Armstrong was arrested and charged after his alleged victim, who was 16 at the time, detailed a nonconsensual sexual encounter at his father’s house.

According to the Statesman, the unnamed girl told police she called the younger Armstrong after becoming intoxicated at a party and asking for a ride home; she then fell asleep, and woke up at a home owned by Lance Armstrong where she alleges his son sexually assaulted her before driving her home without a word.

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In a statement to the newspaper, an attorney for Armstrong characterized the encounter as a consensual sexual act between two high school students in a relationship.

“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,” Randy Leavitt told the Statesman.

“What occurred three years ago in high school was not a crime and not a sexual assault. What it was was a consensual relationship then and it continued to be consensual between the two young people with both ultimately going their separate ways. These charges should never have been filed and certainly not three years later,” he continued.

In affidavits obtained by the Statesman, police say that the unnamed girl provided police with a recorded call from December in which Armstrong admits to having sex with the girl but claims that he remembered the encounter as consensual. The girl also said she told six people about the assault after it occurred, four of whom police said described the girl’s account as describing a sexual assault, according to the affidavits.

If convicted of the second-degree felony of sexual assault of a child, Armstrong could face up to 20 years in prison.

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