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April 9, 2013

Police accuse student of sexual assault

NEW CASTLE — A New York man is facing sexual assault and related charges filed by New Wilmington police.

Nathan J. Cox, 20, of Belfast, N.Y., is accused of assaulting a 20-year-old female in her room. The woman told police she had allowed Cox into her dormitory room, but only to take a nap.

Both are students at Westminster College.

A criminal complaint against Cox, filed in the office of District Judge Scott McGrath, describes how Cox allegedly engaged in various sexual contacts with the woman, who told police she had objected repeatedly.

The alleged incident occurred Jan. 23 and the woman first contacted police Feb. 4. In court documents filed by police, the victim describes emotional difficulties she had as a result of the incident, including trouble attending classes.

During their investigation, police said, they were able to read text messages between the two that followed the Jan. 23 incident. In them, Cox said he was sorry and didn’t know “what to do to fix it,” according to police.

Charges against Cox include three counts of sexual assault and two counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault, all felonies.

In addition, he faces misdemeanor counts of indecent assault, indecent exposure and unlawful restraint.

Cox was placed in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $7,500 bond, but was released after posting bail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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