Albert N. Wilson, a former University of Kansas student, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and faces a lifetime of probation after being convicted by an all-white jury of raping a white teen girl. But he says that they never had sex but only kissed.
In September 2016, then 20-year old Wilson went to a bar with a friend. At the bar, he met a girl, who was 17-years old at the time. The girl was visiting her cousin who attended KU. Both of them were underage, so Wilson used a friend’s ID to get into the bar, while the young woman and her cousin entered without an ID.
A popular college spot called Jayhawk Cafe was the meeting point of both parties. Both parties agreed they met while they were dancing. While kissing the girl Wilson allegedly lifted up her skirt and invited her to his place which was only a walking distance from the bar. Both of them didn’t know each other’s ages.
The young woman claimed Wilson raped her at his place. However, Wilson told a different story. In his testimony, he stated that the girl “didn’t seem intoxicated at all.” He admitted that they kissed and engaged in other sexual acts, but he said they never had sexual intercourse.
Wilson’s DNA was found on the girl’s chest through his saliva when he kissed her there according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. However, the DNA Test revealed that no DNA from seminal fluid was found at all. Swabs were collected from the girl after she went to a local hospital the day after the incident. There were bruises in the region of her inner thighs in the photos taken.
Wilson initially claimed during the trial he couldn’t remember the details of what happened that night, but he felt that the police were against him at that time because of his race.
“I don’t know how to explain this, but I come from a different background than you, ma’am,” said Wilson to Judge Sally Pokorny, who is white. “…I just felt like the police [were] against me at that point.”
In his argument Forrest Lowry, Wilson’s court-appointed lawyer, stated that his client is not someone who would do the things that are being made in allegations against him. Wilson, who is now 23-years old, was a former Wichita Southeast High School football player and an associate degree holder with an aspiration to become a sports journalist. He had no criminal record.
“It was a chance meeting. Obviously, my client misread what was going on,” Lowry said in court. “If there was ever a case that deserved a departure of any kind, I think this is it.”
The all-white jury decided to convict Wilson of rape after a 6-hour deliberation. They gave him the reported “lowest end of what’s called for by Kansas sentencing guidelines for rape.”
The verdict has not gone down well with many people. It caused an uproar with many people asking multiple questions about the woman’s story, especially since a surveillance video showed the girl was consenting as they engaged with one another and they were only at Wilson’s place for five minutes before returning to the bar. Some people are also questioning Wilson’s lengthy sentence compared to other convicted rapists.
Wilson’s supporters have created a website at FreeAlbertWilson.com to find out the truth behind the case.