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UMass student charged with rape

NORTHAMPTON — An 18-year-old Longmeadow man faces a charge of aggravated rape in connection with an alleged early morning attack at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus in September.

According to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, Patrick Durocher allegedly raped a woman while holding her against her will on Sept. 2. At the time both Durocher and the woman were UMass students, according to the district attorney’s office.

Durocher pleaded not guilty at his Oct. 4 arraignment in Eastern Hampshire District Court.

After a hearing the same day, Judge John M. Payne determined Durocher was dangerous enough to be held on $10,000 cash bail with release conditions that he submit to GPS monitoring, observe a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. curfew, and other conditions.

According to court records, UMass Police responded to an emergency call about 1:15 a.m. at the north side of the Campus Center involving a woman on the ground and a man standing over her.

Witnesses told police the woman appeared to be unconscious and unresponsive and the man naked from the waist down was on top of her.

The alleged victim gave a statement to UMass Police on Sept. 3, she was walking on a path past a bus stop near the Campus Center when Durocher, whom she had never met, called out to her, approached the woman, grabbed her, and assaulted her.

This is the third rape allegation involving a student on campus that led to criminal charges in the last 12 months.

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