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Student indicted in date rape case

July 31, 2013
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer (cknight@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

A former Paul Smith's College student has been indicted on charges she sexually abused another female student at the college in what the prosecution is calling a date rape case.

Kaitlyn Masker, 22, of Syracuse, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Court to counts of second-degree aggravated sexual abuse, forcible touching and second-degree unlawful imprisonment. The charges were levied in a July 18 Franklin County Grand Jury indictment.

District Attorney Derek Champagne said the charges stem from a Feb. 17 incident in a dormitory room at the college. Masker and the alleged victim, who Champagne said is roughly the same age, were involved in what the DA initially described as a consensual sexual encounter. At some point, the alleged victim changed her mind, but Masker allegedly continued to subject the victim to unwanted sexual contact and prevented her from leaving, the indictment alleges.

"We take any incidents, or alleged incidents, like this very seriously, and we always work in full cooperation with whatever authorities are investigating the matter," said Kenneth Aaron, Paul Smith's College spokesman. "We also have our own judicial processes to handle such incidents."

Aaron added that Masker is no longer enrolled at Paul Smith's.

Masker was arrested Feb. 18 by state police on the same charges as in the indictment. She was arraigned and sent to the county jail in Malone but was eventually released after posting a $10,000 bond.

Following her arraignment before Judge Robert G. Main Jr. on Tuesday, Masker was released on the same bond pending an Aug. 8 court conference.

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Shaun Kittle contributed to this report.

 
 

 

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