Update: Police identify man accused of rape on SUNY Cortland property

Update Tuesday 10:25 a.m. –

A Staten Island man faces a charge of first degree rape following an incident that was reported over the Labor Day weekend.

Nicholas A. Vicioso, 20, was arrested on Monday, Sep. 7, at around 1 p.m. for rape in the first degree, a class B felony, according to Lt. Rick Troyer with the city of Cortland Police Department.

Nicholas Vicioso

Nicholas Vicioso (photo provided)

Vicioso is accused of having forcible sex with a 19-year-old female in the early morning hours Sunday outside a residence on Tompkins Street, Troyer said.

Vicioso is a student at Tompkins Cortland Community College, according to Troyer.

He was sent to Cortland County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

On Monday – 

CORTLAND, N.Y. – The City of Cortland Police Department is investigating a rape incident that was reported by a SUNY Cortland student, college officials announced Monday.

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The incident reportedly occurred in the early morning hours on Sunday, Sep. 6, on a property on Tompkins Street owned by SUNY Cortland, officials said.

Police said the suspect, who is not a student, has been arrested and charged with rape. The suspect's name has not been released.

We will provide updates to this story as they become available.

The University Police Department released the following statement Monday:

In compliance with the "Timely Notice" provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, SUNY Cortland is giving notice of a rape incident that occurred on campus owned property.

Reported Offense: A SUNY Cortland student reported a rape incident that occurred on September 06, 2015 in the early morning hours. The incident occurred on property that is owned by SUNY Cortland located on Tompkins Street, in the City of Cortland. 

Suspect(s): The suspect is a non-student and has been arrested and charged with this crime.

It is the institution's responsibility to make the campus community aware that the incident took place.

Remember, sexual assault is never the fault of the victim. While nothing is failsafe, here are some suggestions everyone may want to consider:

  • Make sure you have consent. Consent is a clear and freely given yes, not the absence of a no.
  • People who are incapacitated by alcohol or drugs cannot give consent.
  • Practice being assertive about your boundaries and trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, call for assistance.
  • Be active in supporting a safe and respectful community. If you see others engaging in disrespectful or inappropriate actions, speak up and get involved or contact someone else to assist.

If you have been sexually assaulted, there are resources available to help you. Please visit our Reporting Options page and our Title IX Resource page for more information.

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