2 Montgomery Co. men accused of raping Towson State student Suspects charged with 1st- , 3rd- , 4th-degree offenses

April 25, 1996|By Suzanne Loudermilk | Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF

Two Montgomery County men have been charged with first-degree rape in a case described by Towson State University police as "acquaintance rape" of a freshman in her dormitory room on campus during the weekend.

Brereton C. Poole, 19, of the 23000 block of Frederick Road in Clarksburg and Jason A. De Santolo, 20, of the 20000 block of Waterside Drive in Germantown also were charged with third-degree and fourth-degree sex offenses, Towson State University Police Chief Stephen J. Murphy said.

The 18-year-old woman was counseled at an area hospital's rape crisis clinic after the attack, alleged to have taken place about 8: 15 a.m. Saturday, Chief Murphy said. The Sun does not identify victims in sexual assault cases.

The men -- arrested the same day by campus officers investigating the incident -- initially were denied bail and confined at the county detention center until a bail hearing before a District Court judge Monday. Mr. Poole was released on $100,000 bail and Mr. De Santolo was freed on $50,000 bail.

According to police reports, the woman met the men off-campus last Thursday. After they had exchanged phone numbers, the woman invited the men to her dormitory Friday.

The men arrived on campus about 4 a.m. Saturday, Chief Murphy said. After the alleged attack, the woman alerted a student resident assistant who contacted university police.

The men were still in the woman's room when police arrived. No trial date has been set for the men, who have been ordered to stay off campus.

Pub Date: 4/25/96

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