Oswego State student charged with rape

An Oswego State student was arrested for first-degree rape today by University Police.

Abhay Pant, 18, is a resident of Hart Hall from New Delhi, India. According to a statement from Julie Blissert, the director of Public Affairs, Pant allegedly entered the room of another resident and sexually assaulted them in the early morning hours Friday.

Pant was arraigned in Oswego Town Court and remanded to Oswego County Correctional Facilities on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond and is scheduled to reappear in court on Feb. 18, according to the statement. No other information regarding the arrest is known at this time.

According to the 2014-2015 Oswego State Student Handbook, students accused of criminal violations, including sexual assaults, are subject to disciplinary action by the university.

Oswego State President Deborah Stanley sent an email to the student body on Sep. 8 condemning sexual assault.

“Our college has zero tolerance for sexual assault. We know that colleges, including SUNY Oswego, are not immune from this vicious crime, but we are committed to ensuring that our students are safe and that the campus is a welcoming and nurturing place where all can pursue an education.  Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact.  We take immediate and determined action when we learn of any violation of this nature. We investigate all reports, whether or not a formal complaint has been filed. Any person or any organization found culpable in a sexual assault will not remain a member of our college community,” Stanley wrote.

As of 5:45 p.m. no email was sent to the student body to notify them of the crime.

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