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Massasoit Community College Sexual Assault Suspect Arraigned

BROCKTON (CBS) -- Brockton police have arrested and charged a man in connection with a sexual assault at Massasoit Community College on Friday.

The Plymouth County District Attorney's Office identified the suspect as Stoughton resident Eliphete Pierre, 22, a student at the school.

Pierre was arraigned on Wednesday afternoon in Brockton District Court, charged with indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and rape.

His bail was set at $25,000 and Pierre was ordered to surrender his passport and stay away from the victim in the case

A female student had told police that someone sexually assaulted her in an area on or adjacent to the college's Brockton campus.

She said she knew the man who attacked her, having met him on September 15, and they made plans to meet again on September 19 at the same location on campus, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said.

That day at around 3 p.m., the two went for a walk down to the woods together. That is where Cruz said the alleged sexual assault happened.

Prosecutors said the victim told Pierre "no" and ran away, but they said he caught up to her and brought her a backpack she left behind.

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Massasoit Community College (WBZ-TV)

On Monday, a second woman reported being sexually assaulted at the college.

She said on Monday morning that a man who identified himself as a first-year student attacked her in the hallway of the business building. The victim did not know the man.

It is not clear if Pierre is a suspect in both assaults, and the college said the second assault is still under investigation.

Many students said they were shocked and nervous after the attacks. Several women said they were no longer walking alone and no longer parking in the lot by the first attack.

Campus police officers were handing out packets of safety information to students Tuesday evening. The packets included safety tips, dating safety tips and steps sexual assault victims should take to report the crime.

Prosecutors asked on Wednesday for Pierre's bail to be revoked on an open case out of Stoughton District Court for possession or use of false or stolen RMV document. That request and a request for Pierre to be monitored by GPS were both denies.

Pierre is next scheduled to appear in court on October 20 for a probably cause hearing.


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