Man accused of sexually assaulting UAlbany student pleads not guilty

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A rape case under investigation at UAlbany after a student says a man got into her dorm and sexually assaulted her.

Franklin Casatelli, 25, of Guilderland is accused of getting into Stuyvesant Tower and raping a student in her dorm room.  Casatelli appeared before a judge and pleaded not guilty to rape and burglary charges.

He was remanded without bail. An order of protection was issued for the victim so he must stay away.

Originally the defense requested to have the rape charges dropped because the victim’s name was not on the documents. The name was later put on the documents.

Police say on Sunday morning, Casatelli somehow managed to get past the secured doors of the dorm, and into a student’s bed.

Investigators still haven’t revealed how Casatelli got into the dorm room.

The female student told police she woke up to a man sexually assaulting her. Police say when she woke up and told him to get off, he told the victim to “let him finish.”

“It is concerning I live a floor above the girl that it happened to,” Student Julia Hobika said.

Police say Casatelli had no business being in that building and that he’s not even a student here.

Representatives at the University say they are taking extra precautions after the incident. When NEWS10 ABC’s Noel McLaren showed p on campus, numerous people were being let into buildings without swiping their access cards.

“If they don’t have a card then they shouldn’t be able to get in the building,” Elena Viscardi, a student, said. “I definitely think people should take more precaution to who they let in the door you know what I mean.”

This was not his first run-in with the law. He has just been released from prison not even two weeks ago on October 13. He has been out on parole.

Police say he had served three years on drug charges.

There was also a report of another sexual assault within the last week on the UAlbany campus. Police say that incident is completely separate from this incident. In that case, police are still searching for the two men believed to be responsible.

Casatelli appeared in court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing, where the case was waived to a grand jury.

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