Rape charges against Saint Peter’s University student dropped

JERSEY CITY — Charges have been dropped against a Saint Peter’s University student who was arrested last month on allegations that he raped a fellow student in a dorm room, authorities said.

Jean S. Jecrois, 19, who spent 20 days in Hudson County jail on an original $250,000 bail, vigorously denied the accusation during an interview with The Jersey Journal after he was released on his own recognizance earlier this month.

Yesterday, Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Debra Simon said the second-degree sexual assault charge against Jecrois was dropped on Monday.

The charge was “administratively dismissed” and never went to a grand jury, she said, declining to comment further.

Jecrois, who was interviewed by The Jersey Journal in early December, declined a second interview yesterday.

The original criminal complaint said Jecrois, a sophomore from Atlantic City, was in his dorm room with the female freshman on Nov. 10 when he “forcibly removed an article of clothing from the victim and raped her while holding her arms down.”

In the woman’s statement to police, which was provided to The Jersey Journal by Jecrois, she said that at no time did Jecrois threaten her but she was intimidated by “the way he looked” at her.

Sarah Malinowski Ferrary, the director of university communications, said that she could not disclose whether Jecrois had been suspended and/or reinstated by the university, citing federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which protects the privacy of student education records.

 

Source: http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2014/12/authorities_drop_rape_charge_a.html