NEWBURGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – News of an alleged rape on the campus of a private Catholic college rocked Orange County Friday.
Three male students were arrested for assaulting a female classmate, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported.
It’s an incongruous place for gang rape, and students on the idyllic campus of Mount Saint Mary’s College, with its commanding views of the Hudson River, reacted harshly to news of the arrests.
“I mean, it happened in the building. That’s what the email said,” student Laura Connely said. “So it’s not like it was someone walking around at night.”
All three alleged rapists and the victim are freshmen. The assault took place at 1 a.m. Sunday in a coed dorm nicknamed “The Castle,” police said.
Two of the suspects are 18 years old and from Long Island. William Servis is from Rocky Point. Glendon Glashen — a lacrosse player — is from Hempstead. The third student is Michael Curatola, 17, of Brooklyn. The men are charged with first-degree rape.
The incident has students, especially women, wondering about the social situations they find themselves in, and if they know who they can trust.
“We would never think that just being in a room with three guys that anything like that would happen,” student Josclyn Barone said. “Like, that because they’re our friends, we trust them, you know?”
“We hang out with our friends by ourselves all the time like that,” Fayola Cyprien added. ”Our guy friends and we would never think that something like that would happen,”
“I think this was just a bad group of kids and a girl in a bad situation,” Matt Castiglione said. “That’s what I think.”
The college issued a statement Friday confirming the attack and announcing the three arrested students are no longer on campus. They have each been released on $25,000 bail, Young reported.
Mount Saint Mary’s College has an enrollment of fewer than 3,000 students.
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