2 Slippery Rock University students charged with rape

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Two Slippery Rock University students were charged over the weekend with the off-campus rape of another student.

The victim told police 21-year-old Bryan Chieze and 22-year-old Braydon Micaletti, both of New Castle, held her down and raped her in a home behind the Ginger Hill Tavern on Sept. 29. According to a criminal complaint, the woman struggled while both men assaulted her at the same time.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette does not identify victims of sexual assault without their consent.

A friend of the woman told police she opened a door in the home and found Mr. Micaletti straddled over the woman with his pants down and Mr. Chieze between the victim's legs.

The friend shut the door briefly and when she reopened it, she saw "Mr. Micaletti in the corner of the bed in the fetal position," according to the complaint.

Both men were being held today in the Butler County Prison on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sex assault and other crimes, according to court records.

Both have been released on $50,000 bail and are due to appear in court for preliminary hearings Nov. 16.

A university spokesman, Karl Schwab, said members of the university's judicial system will discuss the incident during a meeting Tuesday.

The school's vice president for student life, Constance Foley, said in a statement emailed to reporters, "This is an unfortunate incident, and we have made all appropriate services available to the victim."

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438.


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