November 18, 2013

Cornell Student Accused of Burglaries Pleads ‘Not Guilty’

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Editor’s note appended

A Cornell student who pleaded not guilty to three counts of burglary, criminal mischief and obstruction last week will continue to have his case heard in Ithaca City Court, rather than a Tompkins County court, Judge Judith Rossiter J.D. ’86 ruled Thursday.

Byung Jun Lee, 21, is accused of burglarizing three North Campus residences early in the morning of Nov. 9.

According to  court documents, Lee entered one of the houses through the basement,went into a second floor bedroom, reached under a girl’s covers and touched her foot before fleeing.

Rossiter signed orders of protection for the victims of the burglaries — all of whom are Cornell students — as well as one for a Cornell sorority house, the Ithaca Independent reported.

Editor’s note: The Sun originally published the addresses of the three properties Lee is accused of breaking into. In consideration of the residents and their sense of safety, the addresses have since been removed.