OXFORD, OH (FOX19) – A student at Miami University is charged with rape and several other sex crimes, according to Butler County court documents.
A grand jury indicted Nicolas Cristescu on 11 counts of voyeurism, one count of sexual battery and rape.
Cristescu lived on Miami U’s campus, university spokesperson Claire Wagner confirmed.
The 20-year-old engaged in sexual contact with the victim while knowing the “the other person submits because the other person is unaware that the act is being committed,” the indictment reads.
He is also accused of invading the victim’s privacy in order to take nude photos.
Shawn Puchakalta used to live next to Cristescu and said that he always enjoyed his company.
"He was a pretty quiet guy, pretty chill. He was a good guy to all of my hall mates and stuff," he said.
The accusations stem from an alleged incident on Oct. 11 through Oct. 12.
Court documents said the woman told police that she did not give consent and has no memory of the sexual encounter.
When police searched his dorm the next day they reportedly found obscene images of a 16-year-old on his phone.
Students said more needs to be done to stop this kind of behavior.
"Holding people accountable. You have to be responsible for your actions. I also think they need to better educate people on what sexual harassment and sexual assaults are," Puchakalta said.
Miami University student charged with rape, 12 other sex crimes Amber Jayanth, Fox19 P Nov. 16, 2017
A University of Louisiana Monroe student is facing one count of second degree rape in connection with an August incident.
According to an arrest report filed by the ULM Police Department for Samuel Hudgens, 18, Pollock, a complaint was filed with campus police.
The affidavit states a female student told officers she was raped by Hudgens, a person she knew since high school, while watching a movie in his dorm room.
She said Hudgens began kissing her, and she said there would be no sex. According to the report, the victim told officers he repeatedly attempted to remove her pants before raping her.
The victim reported she told the suspect to stop approximately 20 times.
The affidavit states the victim told her mother, father, sister and a college counselor about the incident within one to three weeks.
It states the arrest officer reviewed screen captures where the suspect discussed the reported rape, apologized and asked for the incident to not be reported.
The victim said she was coming forward because she suffers from bad dreams of the incident and its impact on her mental health.
Hudgens declined to give a statement prior to arrest.
He was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on the second degree rape charge late Thursday. Bond has not been set.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A 14-year-old has been arrested on a charge of raping a female University of Florida student, Gainesville police say.
The teenager is also being charged with burglary and other crimes stemming from the rape case and recent burglaries in the area of Tivoli and Bivens Cove.
Bond has been set at $500,000 for Austin Hunter, 18, who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl at a Naples school.
He faces felony charges of lewd and lascivious molestation on a person younger than 12, lewd and lascivious exhibition on a person younger than 16 and two counts of sexual battery of a minor.
The girl said Hunter touched her inappropriately and exposed his genitals to her at Mason Classical Academy, according to a police report. Hunter was employed by After School Programs, a statewide child-care service that had a contract with the school.
Judge Joseph G. Foster, who presided over Hunter's arraignment at the Collier County courthouse, gave him the following orders while the case is pending: no contact with the girl or any members of her family, and no unsupervised contact with children younger than 12.
He also asked that Hunter relinquish all his firearms.
According to a Naples Police Department news release, Hunter "solicited" the girl into a bathroom stall at Mason Classical Academy "for purposes of committing a lewd and lascivious act."
Police opened the investigation and Hunter was arrested.
Hunter initially denied any wrongdoing when questioned by authorities. He said he was only assisting the girl with washing her hands, the report states.
Security video showed Hunter directing the girl into the bathroom, where they remained for 11 minutes before two students entered the bathroom, the report says.
Those students were seen leaving and returning with a female counselor, who found the minor and Hunter locked in a bathroom stall, the report says.
The minor told investigators that Hunter told her to follow him into the bathroom to wash her hands. He then touched her inappropriately and told her not to tell anyone, the report states.
Hunter then reportedly asked her whether she wanted to see his private parts. She replied, "No," but he exposed his genitals, the report says.
Investigators confiscated Hunter's phone. After being confronted, he kept notes on the phone about his interaction with the minor, the police report states.
In an email sent to parents, Mason principal David Hull said the school terminated its contract with After School Programs, a statewide child-care service, after "an incident occurred" Wednesday evening between a company employee and a student in their care.
The school notified Naples police and cooperated in the investigation, the email states.
Hull said in an email that the school is putting measures in place to provide counseling for anyone who needs it. The school is working with Collier County Public Schools to make that happen, he said.
Hull said the school building was used as a facility for the company to conduct its programs.
"MCA parents contracted with ASP after school hours, and neither the school itself nor any of its employees had anything to do with services provided by ASP," Hull said in a subsequent email.
Hull emphasized the employee accused in the assault was an employee of After School Programs and had no affiliation with the school.
"The safety and well being of our students has and always will be our top priority," Hull said in his first email Friday night. "To that end, we are proud of the swift and professional response of our local law enforcement throughout this situation. The MCA community looks forward to justice being served."
Man, 18, accused of molesting girl, 6, at Naples school; more details released Ashley Collins and Alexi C. Cardona, Naples Nov. 19, 2017
After-school care program plans protocols after Naples sex assault report Alexi C. Cardona naplesnews.com Nov. 21, 2017 |
As he stood at the courtroom podium, his hands and legs shackled together, 20-year-old Mohammed Ali Mohammed admitted he did “very, very horrible things” six years ago.
At age 14, the Somali refugee sexually assaulted two women at knifepoint on consecutive nights in Salt Lake City. He attacked one woman who was standing outside of her home, and, on the following night, broke into another woman’s home and assaulted her there before demanding she go to an ATM and withdraw $400 for him.
“I was a monster,” Mohammed said Monday in 3rd District Court. “I didn’t know what I was thinking. I was a very stupid kid.”
But now, after six years in a secure juvenile detention facility, Mohammed says he’s learned a lot and is ready to show he’s a different person than the boy who assaulted the two women in 2011.
“There is nothing that I could say or do that could restore what I did to them,” he said. “The only way I can show them I’ve changed is how I live my life.”
Judge Vernice Trease gave him the opportunity to do just that, opting to sentence Mohammed to five years of probation instead of a term at the Utah State Prison.
The sentencing comes a month before Mohammed’s 21st birthday — the time when he would age out of the juvenile system and could no longer be housed at the Wasatch Youth Center, where he has been since he pleaded guilty to rape, sexual assault and kidnapping charges in 2012.
He pleaded guilty to charges in both adult and juvenile court, allowing a “blended” sentence that would give him the chance to receive services in the juvenile system, but still give the judge the option to sentence him to adult prison, if necessary.
However, Trease told the defendant that he would not go to prison, and instead sentenced him to strict probation — requiring weekly check-ins with the court and his probation officer, no internet access and ankle monitoring, among other restrictions.
If he violates his probation in any way, Trease said, she “won’t bat an eye” in sending him to prison to serve consecutive sentences on the three crimes he pleaded guilty to in adult court.
“I won’t let you down,” Mohammed told the judge at the end of the hearing.
Mohammed’s sentence was not what prosecutors or victims had sought.
One victim told the judge that she is “terrified” at the thought of Mohammed being out on the same streets where she lives. The woman, who was assaulted inside her home, asked for the strictest sentence that the judge could impose, saying that she has to live with flashbacks and fear every day.
“He did adult crimes,” she told the judge tearfully, “and should have an adult sentence to match what he did.”
Prosecutor Coral Sanchez-Rose said it wasn’t difficult for her to ask for a prison sentence for Mohammed, because of how vicious his crimes were.
She said the other victim wasn’t in court because prosecutors have lost contact with her. At the time of the assault, the woman was a college student and doing well, Sanchez-Rose said. But afterward, she fell into drug use and got in trouble with the law.
“We just lost track of her,” Sanchez-Rose said. “I don’t know if she’s homeless, I don’t know where she’s staying at; we’re unable to contact her. Clearly, this has had a great impact in her life.”
That victim told a judge in 2012 that she, too, wanted adult prison for Mohammed. The Salt Lake Tribune generally does not identify victims of sexual assault.
Supporters of Mohammed, mostly staffers and volunteers at Wasatch Youth Center, painted a different picture of Mohammed. He is a leader in his unit, they said, and his peers look up to him. He is well-liked, and has come a long way in understanding empathy and taking responsibility. He also trained in carpentry while at the detention center and has a job lined up.
He has a “kind and gentle soul,” said Robert Crawford, a branch president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who volunteers at the detention center.
“I would trust him with my life,” Crawford said, “and we want to continue to help him. We will do everything in our power to help this young man.”
Mohammed was born in a Somali refugee camp, where he saw his brother killed by a robber, witnessed a rape and was himself the victim of sexual abuse, according to testimony at earlier proceedings.
On Aug. 14, 2011, in Salt Lake City, the teen came up behind a woman who was outside her house with a dog and held a four-inch switchblade to her throat. He threatened to cut her if she screamed, the charges state, then raped her behind the home.
The following night, the boy broke into another woman’s home. He looked through drawers in the house before raping the woman, according to charging documents.
The teen then forced the woman to go to an ATM and withdraw money for him, according to charges.
The ATM machine’s security camera eventually led police to young Mohammed. He would later tell investigators he wanted the money so he didn’t have to wear stained clothes on the first day of ninth grade school classes.
A 14-year-old Somali refugee raped two Utah women in 2011. Six years later, a judge gives him probation instead of prison time Jessica Miller Nov 28 2017
An Alpharetta man is now accused of separately raping two women in his Kennesaw State University dorm room.
20-year-old Benjamin David Wainscott had been in Cobb County jail nearly two weeks on a rape count when police charged him with a second rape, according to a Nov. 20 warrant.
The incident that brought on this second charge predates the count that originally put Wainscott in jail on Nov. 9.
The warrant from this new charge alleges that Wainscott raped a woman in early July.
A school spokeswoman said neither of the women were students at the time. The spokeswoman also said Wainscott is no longer a student.
Wainscott “confessed via text messages to the victim” that he raped in July, according to a warrant.
In the November rape, a warrant says that Wainscott invited the woman to his room after dinner.
When talking to police about the November incident, Wainscott “confessed that he should have stopped after the first time the victim ordered him to stop, however, continued having sexual intercourse with the victim,” according to the warrant.
He texted her an apology after the rape, says the warrant.
The university said it is not aware of any additional or pending charges against Wainscott, who is being held without bond.
Kennesaw State student now accused of raping 2nd woman in dorm room Ben Brasch The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Nov. 27, 2017