Former Kansas State student sues bar over 2018 rape

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas State University student is suing a bar in the Aggieville entertainment district in Manhattan where she was raped almost two years ago, alleging it lacked adequate security.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court said the woman was at O’Malley’s bar after midnight in February 2018 waiting for a friend to get off work, The Kansas City Star reports. The woman said she had half a drink before went into the bar’s restroom, where two men stepped in behind her when the door failed to lock. One man raped her while the other pinned her against a wall, the suit says.

The suit also says the security cameras at the bar weren't working that night and that employees cleaned the bathroom before officers gathered evidence. No arrests have been made.

“I want these two men to be found and to answer for what they did. I want O’Malley’s to do better,” the woman said in a statement to The Star. She is asking anyone with information to come forward.

The Star generally doesn’t name possible victims of sexual assault without their permission.

An attorney representing O’Malley’s did not immediately respond to The Star’s request for comment.

Riley County Police Capt. Tim Hegarty said the criminal investigation of the woman’s assault is inactive pending new information.

“While it is currently inactive, there is no statue of limitations for rape, and we are always open to the possibility that information may arise which would lead to a resolution of the case,” Hegarty said.