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April 9, 2013

Man charged with sex assault on campus

NEW WILMINGTON — A 20-year-old New York man was charged by New Wilmington police Friday with sexual assault in connection with a Jan. 23 incident in a Westminster College dormitory.

New Wilmington police charged Nathan J. Cox of Belfast, N.Y., with three counts of sexual assault, two counts of aggravated indecent assault, and one count each of indecent assault, indecent exposure and unlawful restraint.

Cox posted $7,500 bail that was set by District Judge Scott A. McGrath, Neshannock Township, Lawrence County, police said.

According to police, a 20-year-old woman reported she was sexually assaulted by Cox after he was permitted to enter her room “for purposes other than sexual activity,” police said.

The alleged victim said she repeatedly told Cox to stop his advances, but he refused to listen and performed “numerous” sexual acts against her will.

No physical injuries were reported, police said.

A preliminary hearing is slated for 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Lawrence County Central Court, New Castle, police said.

Cox has not been on the Westminster campus “for some time,” college spokesman Mark Meighen said.

His status as a student is subject to the results of a hearing before the dean of students that hasn’t yet been scheduled, Meighen said.

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