UPDATE: Student Assaults
BY NICK IRONSIDE // DEC. 10, 2013 //
[UPDATE: This story was updated from its original version, published Saturday, Dec. 7]
On Monday, Dec. 2, three men—two former students at Curry—struck a plea deal in a case that included various assault-related crimes involving a female student on campus from January, according to court records.
Judge John A. Canavan III of Quincy District Court found Justin Oliver Castor, of Arlington, Shakarus D. Semexant, of Malden, and Kensley Metellus, of Malden, guilty of felony indecent assault and battery of a person over the age of 14 and misdemeanor assault. Castor and Metellus formerly attended Curry and were members of the football team.
The men were sentenced to five years probation. For the first three years, they are required to wear GPS monitoring devices; must avoid contact with the victim and with Curry College; must abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs; must undergo random alcohol and drug testing; must be employed or in school, or show evidence of seeking work; and must undergo sex offender counseling.
Just four days after the former students were sentenced, a current Curry College freshman was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting two different students. He was released on $10,000 bail.
Robert “Troy” Jones, 19, was charged with two counts of indecent assault and battery of a person over the age of 14, and one count of kidnapping. He was arraigned Monday, Dec. 9 in Quincy District Court.
According to Channel 7 News in Boston, the kidnapping and assault took place in the State House residence hall at a party on Thursday, Dec. 5. Channel 7 also reported that a second student, upon hearing about the alleged assault, reported that she was assaulted by Jones back on Nov. 14. Both incidents were reported to the college on Friday, Dec. 6, according to Fran Jackson, director of communications at Curry.
Jones is an elementary education major from Reading, Mass. He is listed on the Curry football team’s roster as a linebacker. According to the Curry athletics website, Jones did not play in any games in 2013. He is now
on interim suspension from the college.
Curry College’s dean of students, Maryellen Kiley, sent an email to students Dec. 7 notifying them of the incident.
“I am writing to you as part of our ongoing efforts to inform and educate students about what effective consent means and the College’s policies regarding effective consent and sexual misconduct,” wrote Kiley.
“Effective consent is informed, knowing, and voluntary,” she added. “The College defines effective consent as mutually understandable words or actions which indicate willingness to participate in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity. Curry College’s sexual misconduct policies and procedures reflect the College’s commitment to our students’ safety and wellbeing, and sexual misconduct will not be tolerated by the College in any form.”