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Student to be tried on charge of statutory rape

STANFORD -- A municipal court judge Wednesday, Nov. 13, ordered Stanford University student Stuart John Thomas held over for trial on charges of statutory rape and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

The charges stemmed from a Sept. 22 incident in a campus dormitory. A Stanford freshman, who was 17 at the time, said Thomas had sexually assaulted her after supplying her with alcoholic drinks that rendered her unable to contest.

Municipal Court Judge Rise Pichon ordered the trial after a preliminary hearing during which the woman testified.

In addition to the criminal case, Thomas could still face university disciplinary action in connection with the incident.

The police report to the district attorney on the incident had recommended that Thomas be charged with eight offenses, including forcible rape.



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