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Ramapo College students charged with raping female classmate


UPDATE: Two Ramapo College students are charged with raping a female student and videotaping a portion of it, authorities said today.

Christian A. Lopez, 24, of Secaucus, and 18-year-old Nakeem D. Gardner of Paterson and  were being held on $300,000 bail each in the Bergen County Jail, charged with aggravated sexual assault.

Gardner also is charged with invasion of privacy for taking video and photos of the woman without her consent.

The woman told investigators she’d attended an overnight fraternity party, went to lie down after not feeling well and woke up the next day partially clothed in an on-campus dormitory room, sources with direct knowledge of the investigation told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

She then went to Hackensack University Medical Center, whose personnel notified authorities, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said this afternoon.

Investigators from the prosecutor’s office and Mahwah police interviewed the girl, as well as several students, before bringing both men in for questioning late yesterday, he said.

“A review of video surveillance on campus as well as interviews of numerous students resulted in detectives identifying two suspects and confirming that the victim was highly intoxicated and unable to consent to sexual activity,” Molinelli said.

Detectives arrested Gonzalez on campus and Lopez at his home.

Ramapo President Peter P. Mercer addressed the situation on the college’s Facebook page: “The safety and well-being of our students remains our paramount concern. Therefore, while we believe our sexual assault prevention programming and procedures are strong, the shocking nature of these allegations compels us to re-examine them.”

Mercer pledged to seek an expert’s assessement “to ensure Ramapo College is at the forefront of sexual assault prevention and alcohol awareness education.”


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