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Former UC Berkeley student to stand trial in sexual assault

September 18, 2019
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FILE - This May 14, 2019, file photo released by the Berkeley Police Department shows Finn Wolff, from Berkeley, Calif. The former University of California, Berkeley student has been ordered to stand trial for the alleged sexual assault of two women. The San Jose Mercury News reports that an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled Monday, Sept. 16, that 20-year-old Wolff should stand trial on seven felony counts related to the alleged attacks in November 2017 and March 2019. (Berkeley Police Department via AP, File)
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FILE - This May 14, 2019, file photo released by the Berkeley Police Department shows Finn Wolff, from Berkeley, Calif. The former University of California, Berkeley student has been ordered to stand trial for the alleged sexual assault of two women. The San Jose Mercury News reports that an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled Monday, Sept. 16, that 20-year-old Wolff should stand trial on seven felony counts related to the alleged attacks in November 2017 and March 2019. (Berkeley Police Department via AP, File)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A former University of California, Berkeley student has been ordered to stand trial for the alleged sexual assault of two women, one at a fraternity house and another who says he punched and bit her as she tried to push him away.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that 20-year-old Finn Wolff should stand trial on seven felony counts related to the alleged attacks in November 2017 and March 2019.

Wolff was charged in May with rape, forced oral copulation and other felonies.

Prosecutors say Wolff held down a woman during the March attack at his home and bit her several times. The woman told investigators Wolff backed her into a balcony railing, kissed her and punched her in the eye and ribs when she tried to push him away. He then forced her to perform oral sex, prosecutors contended.

A second woman came forward during the investigation and alleged that in 2017 Wolf bruised, bit and raped her at a fraternity near campus, prosecutors say. Wolff was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity until it expelled him last December, the newspaper reported.

Wolff was released on $750,000 bail posted by his father, according to his attorney Colin Cooper.

Cooper said there is “a lack of reliability and credibility” on the part of both alleged victims and Wolff contends both encounters were consensual.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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