2010 assault arrest

Two former students from the College were sentenced to probation on Thursday, Jan. 31 for sexually assaulting a freshman woman on campus in the fall 2010 semester, according to The Times of Trenton.

Samuel Sarpeh, 22, of East Orange, N.J. and Christen Solomon, 21, of Irvington, N.J., were both suspended from the College after the incident.

According to prosecutors, the girl had attended a party in Sarpeh’s dorm room that evening. She was intoxicated and asked if she could stay over so she would not have to walk home. During the night, Sarpeh and Solomon sexually assaulted the girl. She reported the incident in late September of 2010 and both men were arrested.

On Thursday, Sarpeh pleaded guilty to criminal sexual contact and Solomon pleaded guilty to inappropriate touching, according to the Associated Press.

Sarpeh was sentenced to five years’ probation while Solomon was sentenced to three years’ probation.

The woman and her family were present in court and Sarpeh and Solomon used this as an opportunity to apologize for the agony that they caused.

“I’m sorry and for whatever that happened that night, I know that it has held both of us back and our life is never going to be the same,” Sarpeh said, according to The Times. “I have learned my lesson and nothing like that will ever happen again.”

The two men were also sentenced to 40 hours of community service and both will have to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.