A 19-year-old Curry College freshman has been placed on interim suspension following allegations of indecent assault and battery on two female students on separate occasions.
According to Quincy District Court Clerk’s Office, Robert Jones of Reading was arraigned Monday on two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over and one count of kidnapping.
The assaults allegedly occurred on different dates, officials in the clerk’s office said, with one assault occurring on Nov. 14. The second assault and the kidnapping charge stemmed from an incident last Friday. Jones was arrested that day.
During the arraignment, a not guilty plea was entered on Jones’s behalf. Justice Mark Coven ordered Jones held on $10,000 cash bail, which he has since posted, Clerk’s Office officials said.
Jones will be due back in court for a probable cause hearing on March 21.
Curry College officials said they acted immediately once hearing of the allegations from two students last Friday.
“The College took immediate and appropriate actions upon receiving these reports, including informing external law enforcement,” Fran Jackson, Curry's director of communication, said in a statement.
Jackson added that the school is providing resources to the students who reported the incidents and to all members of the Curry College community.
“In light of the reports and arrest, the Dean of Students informed our community about this issue and issued a reminder to students about effective consent and sexual misconduct policies and procedures,” Jackson said. “Curry College’s sexual misconduct policies and procedures reflect the College’s commitment to our students’ safety and well being, and sexual misconduct will not be tolerated by the College in any form.”
The allegations come only months after other rape allegations from the college in late January.
The Globe reported that administrators waited nearly a week after the January incident to tell students, a procedure that has since been reviewed and changed.
According to Curry College student newspaper Currier Times, Curry College’s dean of students, Maryellen Kiley, sent out an email the day after the most recent incident was reported.