The case involving Nicholas Pacella, a former Elon University student charged with second-degree rape, is set to resume Nov. 1, 2011. Pacella's case appeared before the court Sept. 6.

The charge stemmed from an incident that occurred between 1 and 2:15 a.m. Sept. 12, 2010 in Smith residence hall. Pacella was arrested five days later by Campus Safety and Police.

A student other than the victim, reported the incident, said Chuck Gantos, director of Campus Safety and Police.

The victim knew the suspect before the incident and alcohol is believed to have been a factor, according to the incident report.

This was one of two reported on- campus rapes last year.

The second alleged rape never resulted in an arrest due to lack of evidence.

This case, like all other sexual assault cases where the victim does not give explicit permission, was not reported to the student body via email, said Smith Jackson, dean of Student Life, in a previous interview.


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