Room #mistake ends in #sexual #assault #charges #against a #Bucknell #student


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LEWISBURG — A Bucknell University student is charged with sexual assault after he entered the wrong room and began performing oral sex on a sleeping male he thought was the person he’d arranged to meet through an online dating service.

The mistake in rooms resulted in the arrest Sunday morning of Christopher Matthew Rodcliffe-Barton, 20, of Upland, Calif., on burglary, trespass and sexual assault charges.

Rodcliffe-Barton, who just completed his sophomore year, told police he arranged through Tinder to be with “Jack” but he went into the wrong room in a university residence hall.

The student in that room told investigators he awoke about 4:20 a.m. to find another man there. “I pushed him off me and was kinda in shock,” he said according to the arrest affidavit.

Rodcliffe-Barton became a suspect based on information from others and video scans of residence halls, university police said.

When confronted, Rodcliffe-Barton admitted what happened, the affidavit states. He said he realized his mistake when the other man awoke and left the room.

Rodcliffe-Barton was apologetic and wanted the victim to know he was sorry, officers said.

He is charged with burglary, indecent deviate sexual intercourse, sexual and indecent assault and criminal trespass. He is jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail.


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