Wharton sophomore Justin Wynter was arraigned yesterday after allegedly fondling a female student in her Harnwell College House bedroom early Saturday morning, according to University Police.
Wynter, then a resident of Harnwell, was arrested Tuesday and has been charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, indecent assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment of another person, unlawful restraint and false imprisonment, Vice President of Public Safety Maureen Rush said.
"There is nothing to indicate" that the victim knew Wynter prior to the incident, Rush emphasized.
Wynter was released from Philadelphia Police custody yesterday after posting 10 percent of his $10,000 bail.
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Wynter's parents said they would not comment on their son's arrest until they have a chance to speak with their lawyer.
At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, a female student woke up to find a male fondling her, the UPPD reported.
Her door was not locked at the time.
After the student realized what was happening, she "chased [the suspect] out of her room and chased him to another floor and then lost him," Rush said Sunday night.
She explained that afterward, the victim "immediately went down to the front desk, where she told the Allied Spectaguard on duty what happened."
Rush said that after the incident, UPPD detectives "pulled up the [closed-circuit television] tapes and viewed the videotape until they found an individual" who matched the victim's description of her assailant.
"She viewed the videotape and asserted that it did indeed fit the description she remembered," Rush said of the female student.
Though UPPD detectives handled the investigation, Philadelphia Police were in charge of the case -- as is the policy in homicide and sexual assault situations, according to Rush.
She also noted that the UPPD transported Wynter to the Special Victims Unit on Sunday afternoon and received a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday.Comments powered by Disqus
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