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Staff member arraigned for sexual assault

Victoria BresnahanNews Editor & August PelliccioPhoto Editor

Assistant Director of Residence Life, and alumnus, Mark Parrott was arraigned yesterday for two counts of sexual assault in the fourth degree and two counts of second degree unlawful restraint.

According to the arrest affidavit, the incident began at about 7 p.m. on April 4, after the Graduate Open House. After the event, court records stated Parrott, 34, allegedly grabbed the victim from behind and restrained her in an Adanti Student Center elevator.

She tried to get out of the elevator, pressing buttons and leaning forward, saying, “What are you doing? Stop, chill, alright, alright,” according to the affidavit.

He allegedly later pinned her against a wall in the Residence Life Office in Schwartz Hall then held her down in his lap.

The victim told police when he grabbed her from behind in the office, she could allegedly feel Parrott’s erection against her buttocks area. He, again, allegedly held the victim down on his lap, where the victim could feel his erection on her buttocks area.

Parrott stated to police he believed his behavior was inappropriate and submitted a written statement, according to the records, admitting that in both incidents he “hugged” the victim.

Residence Life Director Rob DeMezzo was unavailable for comment.

Edits made on May 2, 2019.

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