Luke David Armstrong, 21, (pictured) is facing a charge of sexual assault of a child
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong’s son has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl nearly three years ago.
Luke David Armstrong, 21, is facing a charge of sexual assault of a child, according to an affidavit from the Austin Police Department.
He was released on a personal recognizance bond on Tuesday, meaning he did not have to post any money.
The alleged assault took place in June 2018 after a party in the Texas capital city when Armstrong was 18, police said. The victim, who was two years his junior, reported the incident to police last November.
An attorney for Armstrong 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.’
Armstrong is pictured with his championship cyclist father Lance Armstrong
The victim waited almost a year and a half to report the alleged assault to police in November 2020.
She told investigators that she had asked Armstrong to pick her up from a party in June 2018 because she’d been drinking, according to the affidavit.
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.
Police said the assault occurred at a home in the 1700 block of Windsor Road. Records show Lance Armstrong sold a home on the same block in June 2018.
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.’
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
Investigators said they interviewed multiple people who said the victim had told them about the sexual assault.
However, the affidavit said one of the victim’s friends told investigators that the victim told them the sex on that June night was consensual.
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.
Armstrong’s cyclist father has not publicly responded to the allegations.
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.
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
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 with his family at a signing ceremony
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.’