Cornell student arrested in connection with sexual assault reported at west campus house Sunday

February 5, 2016 by Rachel Cera

A Cornell University junior was arrested after turning himself in on Thursday. A statement from Cornell University Police Department has identified Wolfgang Bollinger, age 21, in connection with a sexual assault reported on Sunday.

According to a crime alert issued on Monday, Cornell police were investigating a reported sexual assault that occurred at about 2am on Sunday, January 31st, at 2 Forest Park Lane. On Monday, Travis Apgar of the dean of students office announced that the Psi Upsilon Fraternity had been placed "on interim suspension" in connection with the incident. According to Apgar, "Interim suspension is used when details of a credible report compel the university to cease activities of the organization for the safety of the members, those joining or guests."

"With the assistance of the victim, police were able to identify Ballinger" as the man responsible for sexually assaulting a woman after leading her to a bedroom at the residence, according to a CUPD statement. The man had been described on Sunday as "a white male, approximately 170 pounds and around 5-feet 9-inches to 5-feet 10-inches-tall with a medium complexion, wavy dark brown or black hair that is almost collar length."

Ballinger turned himself in to CUPD "at the request of police through his attorney" on Thursday, and has been charged with first degree attempted rape, a class C felony; first degree criminal sexual act, a class B felony; and first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony. He was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and remanded to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11am on February 9th at Ithaca City Court.

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