Who is Luke David Armstrong? Lance Armstrong's son, 21, held for sexually assaulting teenager at dad's house
The 16-year-old girl was drunk at the time of the assault which took place after a party in Texas three years ago
AUSTIN, TEXAS: Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's eldest son Luke David Armstrong was arrested on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, for the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl after a party in 2018. The survivor was reportedly inebriated at the time of the assault. Luke Armstrong was 18-year-old at the time and is now facing the charge of sexually assaulting a child, as confirmed by Austin Police Department in Texas.
According to KXAN, the survivor reported the assault in November 2020, stating that at the party in 2018, she had asked Armstrong to pick her up because she was drunk. However, he allegedly escorted her to his parents' home on Windsor Road, Austin. Later, the survivor woke up on a couch and found that 18-year-old Armstrong was sexually assaulting her - she told the police. During a phone call in December 2020, Armstrong allegedly admitted to having sex with her on that night.
Who is Luke David Armstrong?
Twenty-one-year-old Luke David Armstrong is the eldest child of cyclist Lance Armstrong with his former wife Kristin Richard. The cyclist who survived testicular cancer had banked his sperm three years prior to his cancer treatment. The cryopreservation process helped him and his wife Kristin have three children with the help of fertility treatment, according to Sperm Bank California. The couple divorced later in 2003.
Luke was 12-years-old in 2013, when his father Lance Armstrong had his infamous interview with Oprah. During the interview, he admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs, after years of public denial. Following an investigation and his confession, he was stripped of his record seven consecutive Tour De France titles won from 1999 to 2005.
In January 2020, the ESPN documentary '30 for 30 Lance' was released which unveiled untold truths about the former champion. His son Luke appeared in the documentary and shared his thoughts about taking PEDs, "I've always felt grinding for something and really working for a specific goal has always been so much more worth it than taking a shortcut," according to ABC.
Luke Armstrong is presently a student of Jones College and a football player for Rice University in Houston, Texas. According to the Rice University 2020 football roster, Armstrong plays in the position of fullback. He is a Redshirt Sophomore who was redshirted in his first season in 2018. Before Rice University, he attended Westlake High School.
He had opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 but now his future in football remains uncertain following the allegations.
"It was a consensual relationship"
Meanwhile, Randy Leavitt, an attorney for Luke Armstrong has denied all the allegations of sexual assault and stated that Luke had been in a month-long consensual relationship with the survivor.
"What occurred three years ago in high school was not a crime and was not a sexual assault. It was a consensual relationship then and continued consensually between two young people with both ultimately going their separate ways," Leavitt told KXAN.
Adding that it was not a one-time thing, Leavitt asserted that the charges should not have been filed and certainly not three years later.