SUNY Oswego student from India Abhay Pant arrested for rape


WASHINGTON, DC: An Oswego State student from India has been arrested for first-degree rape today by the State University of New York (SUNY) police.

Abhay Pant, 18, is from New Delhi, and allegedly entered the room of another dorm resident to sexually assault her early Friday morning, according to a statement made by Julie Blissert, director of Public Affairs. He was living at Hart Hall.

Pant was remanded to Oswego County Correctional Facilities on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond and is scheduled to reappear in court on February 18. No other details regarding the arrest have been released thus far.

The Oswegonian reports that SUNY President Deborah Stanley sent an email to the student body, denouncing the attack.

“Our college has zero tolerance for sexual assault. We know that colleges, including SUNY Oswego, are not immune from this vicious crime, but we are committed to ensuring that our students are safe and that the campus is a welcoming and nurturing place where all can pursue an education. Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact. We take immediate and determined action when we learn of any violation of this nature. We investigate all reports, whether or not a formal complaint has been filed. Any person or any organization found culpable in a sexual assault will not remain a member of our college community,” Stanley wrote.

According to New York penal codes, first-degree rape is a felony offense that can carry a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

SUNY Oswego has had six reports of forcible rape in the last five years, according to data maintained by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and published by the Syracuse Media Group. Two rapes were reported by University Police in 2011, four rapes were reported in 2012, while none were reported in 2013.



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