Guilderland man arrested in connection to UAlbany rape

October 24, 2016 10:54 AM

ALBANY -- "It's kind of scary because you never know what's going to happen on campus," said University at Albany sophomore Amber Swinden.

That's the feeling among some UAlbany students tonight after campus police say 25-year-old Franklin Casatelli raped a female student while she was sleeping.

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"She said that she woke up in her bed with a man on top of her sexually assaulting her," said UAlbany Vice President for Communications and Marketing Joseph Brennan. "She didn't know this individual."

Brennan says the student screamed at Casatelli and he fled the Stuyvesant tower residence.

He didn't go far and eventually turned himself in to UAlbany Police at 2:15 p.m.

State records show Casatelli was on parole after serving time a drug charge.

"We're definitely going to have to start bringing our keys and locking the doors. Things like that because you never know, like, who can just walk in," said UAlbany sophomore Daniela SanClamente.  

The victim was given medical care after the assault.

It's not clear how Casatelli got into the building. The residence towers are locked 24/7, but students like Swinden say it's pretty easy for anyone to get in.

"If someone's standing there and you just knock on the door anyone lets anyone in, depending, doesn't matter who it is," Swinden said.

"If I'm swiping in and someone's trying to come in behind me they could just get in easily," said UAlbany sophomore Dority Mensah.

This incident follows another Friday in which a female student was forcibly touched after being approached by two males. It's not clear if both incidents are connected.

Last year 11 cases of rape and seven cases of fondling were reported to the university. Brennan says they're rare but the campus is stepping up security.

"University police have increased their patrols and we will add additional power to this campus," Brennan said.

"I don't think there's anything they can do besides stepping up the security," Swinden said.


Nia Hamm

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