Luke Armstrong, the son of cyclist Lance Armstrong, was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
According to reports, Armstrong was arrested earlier this week by the Austin Police Department. He was released from jail on a personal recognizance bond — meaning the court did not require him to post bail.
Investigators said, according to the report, the girl claimed Armstrong, now 21, picked her up from the party because she had a few drinks. The alleged victim claimed she had no recollection of being driven home and told police she woke up to Armstrong assaulting her on a couch in his home.
Prior to Armstrong's arrest, it was reported that police spoke to people close to the victim who confirmed she told them about the alleged sexual assault. However, one person claimed the girl said she and Armstrong had consensual sex, the report cited.
The alleged victim reported the incident to the police in November 2020. Last December, the girl recorded a call with Armstrong, during which he admitted the two had sex in his father's bedroom at the Armstrong household, it was reported.
After Armstrong was released, his lawyer, Randy Leavitt, said his client and the alleged victim had been in a consensual relationship years prior.
"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. "These charges should not have been filed and certainly not three years later."
His lawyer also claimed the two had consensual sex multiple times during their summer fling.
"It wasn't a one-time thing. They had something of a relationship going on for a brief period of time," he insisted, adding that he's adamant that “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."
The pro road racing cyclist has yet to comment on the accusations against his son.
This isn't the first time the family has been caught up in scandal. The seven-time Tour de France winner was stripped of his titles in 2012 after U.S. Anti-Doping Agency claimed he was involved in a huge doping scandal.