Luke Armstrong, the son of former cyclist Lance Armstrong, has been arrested and accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl in Austin, Texas, at the age of 18, police reports show.
Armstrong, now 21, has been charged with child sexual abuse in the June 2018 incident, according to an affidavit from the Austin Police Department received by NBC News. He was arrested on Tuesday and released on bail the same day.
Photo: Luke Armstrong warms up before a match between the Rice Owls and Texas Longhorns on September 14, 2019, in Houston, Texas.
Luke Armstrong warms up before the game between the Rice Owls and Texas Longhorns on September 14, 2019, in Houston, Texas. John Rivera / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images file
Armstrong’s lawyer, Randy Leavitt, denies the allegations.
“What happened three years ago in high school was not a crime and it was not sexual harassment,” Leavitt said in a statement Thursday. “It was a covenant relationship at the time and it continued to be mutually beneficial between the two young people, eventually both of them went their separate ways.”
The victim, whose name has not been released, told police in November 2020 that on June 22, 2018, he was drinking at a party and called Armstrong asking to be picked up, according to an affidavit. The victim said he did not remember the route to Armstrong’s father’s home, but recalled waking up to the attack that night, an affidavit said.
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In December 2020, police assisted the victim to call Armstrong where he admitted to having sex with the victim there, and admitted that he too had been drinking that night, according to an affidavit.
A former 2018 and 2019 Rice University Football player, Armstrong has opted out of the 2020 season thanks to Covid-19, a Rice University Athletics spokesman told NBC ambassador KXAN. The university has confirmed to KXAN that Armstrong is still a student there.
Armstrong’s father, Lance Armstrong, won the Tour de France seven times before being stripped of his degree following revelations and using drugs that enhanced his career.