College student charged with on-campus rape

By Sydney Shaw
Editor-in-Chief

A student at the College is accused of raping an intoxicated female student inside her dorm room last week, the county prosecutor’s office reported.

Emmanuel Castillo is charged with raping a student in her dorm room. (Photo courtesy of the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office)
Emmanuel Castillo is charged with raping a student in her dorm room. (Photo courtesy of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office)

Emmanuel Castillo, a senior history and secondary education dual major at the College, was charged Monday, Sept. 19, with two counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of sexual assault following an investigation led by Campus Police and Mercer County’s special victims unit, prosecutor spokesperson Casey DeBlasio wrote in a statement.

Castillo is accused of… penetrating the female victim (with his fingers) and having sexual intercourse with her while she was physically helpless due to intoxication,” DeBlasio wrote.

According to her statement, the incident allegedly occurred around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the female student’s dorm room.

Judge Robert C. Billmeier set bail at $150,000 and issued a no-contact order between Castillo and his accuser, according to officials. Castillo posted bail Tuesday after being held at the Mercer County Correction Center in Hopewell, N.J., DeBlasio wrote.

“The investigation is ongoing and the College is cooperating fully with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office in that investigation,” spokesperson Dave Muha said on behalf of the College.

No information about the female student has been released at this time, including her age or residence hall.

Since the alleged rape occurred within the confines of the College’s campus, Ewing Police Department is not involved in the investigation, according to officials.

2 Comments on College student charged with on-campus rape

  1. Why is it that the Signal has already posted an article about this Hispanic mans alleged rape YET never posted about the rape charges that were pressed on the White man just last year? Him nor the organization he was a part of were spoken about publicly and definitely not in the paper. Why wasn’t his face slapped all over news articles and discussed in journalism classes? His name was not even known, yet this mans name is being spread campus wide in a matter of days? I would honestly like a response on that.

  2. Hi Zuri,

    Your questions are valid, and I’ve received them from several others over the course of the past few days.

    Last year, when a brother from the College’s chapter of Sigma Pi fraternity was accused of sexually assaulting a young woman, The Signal reported on the College’s investigation. (http://www.tcnjsignal.net/2016/04/12/sigma-pi-chooses-to-cut-ties-with-the-college-will-act-as-an-independent-organization/)

    If a student is charged with a crime, it’s actually fairly easy to obtain information – what allegedly happened, who was involved, when and where it happened… The police and the prosecutor’s office will protect the identity of victims and keep some information private that might jeopardize the integrity of an ongoing investigation, but they are legally required to give the media information. Most of it is public record that anybody could access.

    The Sigma Pi brother in question was accused of a crime, but after an investigation, he was never actually charged with that crime by Campus Police or Ewing PD. Therefore, those sources never had any legal reason to tell The Signal his name or send us his photo, so they did not. He was never identified to us, so The Signal could not identify him to the campus community.

    On Wednesday, Sept. 21, I received a press release from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office that stated a student at the College, Emmanuel Castillo, was arrested and charged with sexual assault. The release detailed the alleged incident and included his photo, as is typical protocol for when someone is charged with a crime. Based on that information, I wrote an article and published it on The Signal’s website (http://www.tcnjsignal.net/2016/09/22/college-student-charged-with-on-campus-rape/).

    I’ve received several messages since then that accuse The Signal’s coverage of being racist. It is true that our article about last week’s alleged incident includes a photo of Emmanuel, and he is identified by name in the story. The article about Sigma Pi does not include a photo of the accused young man, whose race I do not know, nor does it include his name, because we never had that information to share.

    The Signal always strives to be a source of accurate and fair news for the College’s campus. By including the name and photo of Emmanuel and not including a name or photo of the accused Sigma Pi brother, the newspaper was not protecting anybody. The Signal and its editors will always share as much information as they know in order to keep the campus community safe and informed.

    As the investigation into this alleged incident gets underway, The Signal will continue to cover its progress in order to provide our readers with the most relevant, accurate and fair news. If you have any lingering questions or concerns about our coverage, please feel free to email me at shaws4@tcnj.edu.

    Thanks,
    Sydney Shaw
    Editor-in-Chief

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