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Cleary student charged with alleged dorm room assault

Cleary student charged with alleged dorm room assault

A Cleary University student is facing sexual assault charges following a dorm room incident last February on the college’s Genoa Township campus.

Livingston Judicial Center

Court records indicate 20-year-old Dylan Louis Sokol of Commerce Township was charged July 26 with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct — force or coercion.

He was arraigned Friday in Livingston County District Court, with bond set at $100,000 cash or surety. Sokol has since posted bond and is due back in court for a probable cause conference on Sept. 6. at 8 a.m., with a preliminary exam scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sept. 13.

Sokol’s attorney, Mary Chartier, wrote in an email to The Livingston Daily that her client “intends to fight these allegations vigorously in a court of law, and he is confident that he will be vindicated.”

According to testimony from Livingston County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Davis, the reported assault occurred Feb. 7 in a dorm room on the university’s campus. Det. Davis said Sokol and the woman were watching a movie in a dorm room at about 1:30 a.m. when she says they kissed. The woman reportedly didn’t think anything of it, but says that when she refused Sokol’s request for sex, he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Cleary University has, so far, not offered a comment.

If convicted, Sokol faces up to 15 years in prison.

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