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Former Haskell student to face trial in alleged sexual assault of fellow student

December 5, 2012

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A 19-year-old former Haskell Indian Nations University student was ordered Wednesday to stand trial in the alleged sexual assault of a female Haskell student.

The man will face one charge of aggravated sexual battery stemming from a November incident on the Haskell campus.

According to testimony at Tuesday's preliminary hearing, the victim said the man — who attended Haskell at the time and knew the victim — followed her into her dorm room in the early-morning hours of Nov. 12 and began kissing and groping her.

After a struggle, during which the man said he wanted to have sex with the victim, the victim was able to leave and contacted police, according to her testimony.

A defense request to reduce the man's $12,500 bond was denied. According to the man's court-appointed defense attorney, the man is no longer enrolled at the school.

Sexual battery is a level-5 person felony, punishable by up to 136 months in prison, depending on someone's criminal history. A trial date has been set for Feb. 19.

The Journal-World does not generally name suspects in sex offenses unless they're convicted.

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