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SU student identified as defendant in nationally reported sexual assault case

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Editor’s note: This story contains details of alleged sexual assault according to New Jersey court records.

Gianmarco Castronovo, a former rising sophomore broadcast and digital journalism student, is no longer enrolled at Syracuse University after being identified as the alleged perpetrator of a sexual assault in New Jersey.

In a family court case where he is referred to only as G.M.C., Castronovo, then 16, was accused of sexually assaulting a girl, also 16, at a house party in New Jersey. She was visibly intoxicated, slurring her speech and stumbling, according to prosecutors in Monmouth County, New Jersey. He filmed the assault and later shared the video with friends, prosecutors said.

He later texted his friends, “When your first time having sex is rape,” prosecutors said. The case recently made national news, including an article by The New York Times, because the presiding family court judge decided it wasn’t rape, and denied the prosecutor’s request to charge Castronovo as an adult.

“He is clearly a candidate for not just college but probably for a good college,” Judge James Troiano said in 2018. “His scores for college entry were very high.”

Troiano’s ruling became public after an appeals court issued a 14-page …read more

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