Police arrest man accused of raping Siena College student

LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Some Siena College students are on edge after a man was arrested Wednesday for an incident involving a female student.

Police said Christopher Johnson, 22, raped and sexually assaulted a female student at Siena College two weeks ago. Another student told NEWS10 ABC he’s noticed the school stepped up patrols in response to the incident.

“That’s definitely scary, and it becomes a reality once you become an adult and you’re living on your own,” freshman Jack Gercich said. “It’s scary.”

Gercich said notices were passed out to students letting them know what happened. This is not the first time a sexual assault took place on campus, and Friday night, security vehicles were seen circling around student dormitories.

NEWS10 reached out to Siena and received the following statement in response:

Siena’s priority is the safety and well-being of our students. All students on campus receive training at orientation as part of our “Recognize, Report and Prevent” sexual assault violence awareness program. Siena will continue to work with state police on this matter.

Johnson was charged with First Degree Rape and First Degree Criminal Sex Act. Police said the investigation began when the female student reported to officials she was a victim of a forcible sexual assault by a man of who she only knew by the first name.

“You know, the guys on my floor and in my friend group definitely feel a responsibility towards taking care of anyone that feels in danger or unsafe living here,” Gercich said.

Team efforts by New York State Police and Siena College led to the arrest of Johnson. Johnson was not a student at Siena and was only visiting a friend on campus.

Students said the school has made continuous efforts in teaching everyone about knowing what to do if a similar incident happens again.

“They talk a lot about being a social bystander and making sure things like that don’t happen,” Gercich said.

Johnson was arraigned at Colonie Town Court and sent to the Albany County Jail without bail.

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