April 1, 2013

Cornell Student Arrested on Charge of First Degree Rape

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A Cornell student was arrested and charged with rape in the first degree, Ithaca Police said Tuesday.

Peter Mesko ’13 was arrested by IPD and the Cornell University Police Department after a female reported to IPD that she was raped at about 5 a.m. on Saturday. The woman told police that an unfamiliar individual entered her bedroom and had sex with her “without her knowledge or consent, as she was soundly sleeping at the time,” according to a report from IPD.

Mesko was taken into custody at his residence near Cornell’s campus “after an extensive investigation.” He was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of bail, according to IPD.

Mesko is a member of Cornell’s wrestling team.

University officials declined to comment on the investigation, and representatives of the athletics department, as well as Mesko, did not respond to requests for comment.

Mesko is due back in court on April 5, according to IPD.

Original Author: Kerry Close