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Wesleyan ‘Rape Factory’ Fraternity’s Lawyers Demand Assault Victim Be Named Publicly

Attorneys for the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Wesleyan University argued in a court filing this week that anonymity is inappropriate for a woman who has filed a lawsuit saying she was raped at a party at the Greek organization in 2010.

A motion filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court claims that the woman’s use of a pseudonym “allows her to make defamatory statements against [the fraternity and Wesleyan] behind a cloak of anonymity,” the Hartford Courant reported.

The former Wesleyan undergraduate, identified in court papers only as “Jane Doe,” is suing the university for allegedly failing to warn the campus properly about a fraternity that some students referred to as a “Rape Factory.” The suit claims that Wesleyan, a private school in central Connecticut, violated the federal gender-equity law Title IX by not protecting students and failing to provide Doe with resources after she was raped at the frat. She is also suing the Mu Epsilon chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and its national organization.

The woman said she was raped in a locked room during a 2010 Halloween party at Beta Theta Pi by John O’Neill, who was neither a member of the frat nor a student at the school. O’Neill pleaded no contest to lesser charges of third-degree assault and first-degree unlawful restraint and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Lawyers for the fraternity argue the woman “fails to provide support for her claim that the disclosure of her name would affect her emotional and physical well-being,” the Courant reports.

However, Doe’s suit contends that after her report, Wesleyan officials responded with emailed warnings to the student body and housing policy changes that led to harassment by some student supporters of the fraternity, who discovered her identity and targeted her with protests outside of her dorm and elsewhere.

“We disagree with the Fraternity Defendants’ position on the pseudonym issue,” said Timothy O’Keefe, an attorney for Doe, in a statement to The Huffington Post. “We believe Connecticut law protects a sexual assault victim’s identity from full public disclosure in these circumstances.”

O’Keefe said they plan to explain their position fully in objection papers they plan to file “sometime over the next several days.”

In April, Beta Theta Pi was the site of an alleged physical assault and an attempted sexual assault, the Wesleyan Argus reported. Beta president Elliot Albert emphasized at the time they were outraged and said, “We collectively need to do a better job at raising awareness and prevention of these types of events.”

Lawsuit Filed in Hartford Drunk Driving Case

The Hartford, Connecticut trial law firm of Kenny, O’Keefe & Usseglio, P.C., has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a young woman who was injured in an automobile crash by a drunk driver.  The crash occurred in Hartford, Connecticut.  The lawsuit was filed in Hartford Superior Court and seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

“Our client suffered bodily injuries in this crash and has had her job search delayed as a result.  She is seeking to hold the drunk driver accountable for causing her harm.”  Timothy L. O’Keefe, Kenny, O’Keefe & Usseglio, P.C.

Police Investigate Attempted Sexual Assault At Wesleyan


Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault on the Wesleyan University campus Sunday.

The victim was assaulted at 184 High St. – the house of the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity – and was able to fend off the attacker and escape, police said. The victim was treated at Middlesex Hospital for injuries from the assault, police said.

Police received the report around 3 a.m., and said they are pursuing leads in the investigation.

The fraternity chapter has acknowledged the allegations of assault and said they are cooperating with police in the investigation.

Anyone with any further information is asked to contact police at 860-344-3200.

Attempted Sex Assault Reported at Wesleyan Fraternity House

Police are investigating an assault and attempted sexual assault at a fraternity house at Wesleyan University.

Middletown police said the assault allegedly occurred at 184 High Street in Middletown early Sunday morning and the victim was able to fend off the attacker and flee.

The victim was treated at Middlesex Hospital for injuries received during the attack and reported the attack at 3 a.m.

The house, 184 High Street, is the Beta Theta Pi House, according to the City of Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation and Development Web site and the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Web site.

The Wesleyan Argus reports that David Meyer, the public safety director at Wesleyan, said non-Beta brothers were among the people at the party on Saturday night and that the fraternity is cooperating with the investigation.

“The members of Beta Theta Pi share the campus’ outrage at the allegation of an attempted sexual assault at our chapter house early Sunday morning. We are cooperating with the University and the Middletown Police Department as they seek to identify the alleged attacker, and will continue to help the authorities in every way if and when he is found and arrested,” Elliot Albert, president of the fraternity, wrote in a statement.

The Special Investigative Services Unit is investigating, police said and detectives are pursuing several leads.

Courthouse News Service reports that a former Wesleyan University student who reported being sexually assaulted at a Beta Theta Pi house filed a lawsuit against the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, the Mu Epsilon chapter. the landlord and manager of the Beta House, and Wesleyan University.

“Beta House has a long-documented history of dangerous misconduct, student injuries and numerous sexual assaults of women, resulting in Beta and Mu Epsilon losing recognition from Wesleyan as a student organization and gaining the reputation in the Wesleyan community as the ‘Rape Factory’,” Courhouse News Service reports, citing the complaint.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Middletown Police Department at 860-344-3200.

The full statement from Beta is posted below:

“The members of Beta Theta Pi share the campus’ outrage at the allegation of an attempted sexual assault at our chapter house early Sunday morning. We are cooperating with the University and the Middletown Police Department as they seek to identify the alleged attacker, and will continue to help the authorities in every way if and when he is found and arrested. Events such as this compromise the sense of safety and security that we as members of a campus community deserve, and we have zero tolerance for such actions. Unfortunately, sexual assault at Wesleyan remains a problem, and we share the belief that sexual assault, like any kind of assault, is problematic and utterly unacceptable. That our house became the location of this unfortunate and intolerable crime is a powerful reminder to the entire Wesleyan community that we collectively need to do a better job at raising awareness and prevention of these type of events. Beta Theta Pi plans to strengthen our partnership with Wesleyan’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and we will continue to plan programs for our members such as last semester’s WESpeak-WEStand Bystander Intervention program, which aimed to create a campus that is actively engaged in the prevention of sexual assault. We all need to do our part in creating the safer community we deserve. Our thoughts, prayers, and solidarity are with the survivor.”

Former Owner Of Plainfield Production Company Charged With Sex Assault, Child Porn Possession


The former owner of a production company that performed at school dances all over New England has been charged with sexual assault and possession of child pornography.

James M. Holmes, 29, was arrested Wednesday morning after what police called a lengthy investigation relating to child pornography and sexual assault involving more than one child.

He is charged with two counts each of second-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and illegal sexual contact, police said. Holmes is also charged with possession of child pornography and employing a minor in an obscene performance, police said.

In April 2012, police from Plainfield, with the help of officers from Holbrook, Mass., searched the address of Holmes’ company J Productions at 54 Oakwood Blvd. No one was charged at the time, but police applied for an arrest warrant for one person. Plainfield Police Chief Michael G. Suprenant said at the time of the search that one child under 16 was assaulted at a number of locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The company provides DJ and lighting services for proms, weddings, school dances and other events, according to its website.

Holmes, who now lives in Middleboro, Mass., was held with bail set at $200,000 and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

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