Fairfield man accused of raping University of the Sacred Heart student in dormitory

BRIDGEPORT – A Fairfield man was in custody Thursday after police said they raped a University of the Sacred Heart student in her dormitory.

Police said Shukri worked as a security guard for a local company not associated with the university.

During Shukri’s arraignment on Thursday afternoon, Deputy State Attorney Justina Moore urged Superior Court Judge Alex Hernandez to set a high bond for Shukri, citing the seriousness of the allegations.

The judge agreed and ordered Shukri’s detention in lieu of a $ 100,000 bond. He continued the case until January 18.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, on October 9, a 19-year-old student reported to security officials at the University of the Sacred Heart that she had been sexually assaulted in her dormitory.

In a subsequent interview with police, the affidavit indicates that the victim told detectives that she contacted Shukri a week earlier on the Tinder app, a dating site, and that they agreed to meet. on campus October 9.

The affidavit states that Shukri followed the victim to her dormitory and when they got to a deserted common room he suddenly pushed her onto a couch and climbed on top of her.

The victim repeatedly yelled at Shukri to get rid of her, but he replied “I’m fine” and took off her clothes and sexually assaulted her, the affidavit states.

The affidavit states that the victim’s roommates heard her screaming for help and came to her aid, pulling Shukri away from the victim. Shukri then left.

Each of the roommates corroborated the victim’s account, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states that detectives subsequently questioned Shukri and while he admitted to being in the common room with the victim, he claimed that he had a consensual relationship with the victim when the roommates pulled him out of the room. ‘she.

“The safety of our students, faculty and staff is always our top priority, and we communicate regularly with our students about personal safety,” said SHU spokesperson Deborah Noack. “This is an ongoing investigation and we are working closely with the police. Our Title IX coordinator provides support and services to our students who come forward after sexual assault. Support is immediate and ongoing. Advice and academic support are also provided to ensure their future success.

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