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Student raped in dorm room at Stetson University, police say

Orlando man arrested in connection with crime

Jesus Castillo-Garcia
Jesus Castillo-Garcia

DeLAND, Fla. – A student who suffers from a disability was raped in her Stetson University dorm room earlier this year by an Orlando man she met through a dating website, according to the DeLand Police Department.

The student and the suspect, Jesus Castillo-Garcia, 23, agreed to meet on Feb. 12 and ended up going to the woman's dorm room to watch a movie. The two met through a dating website, authorities said.

The victim said she told Castillo-Garcia to "back off" when he kissed her, but he did not stop even though she pleaded and begged, according to the arrest report.

Police said Castillo-Garcia raped the student in an attack that left her sore and bleeding.

Castillo-Garcia showered in the bathroom attached to the victim's dorm room after the assault, the affidavit said. He told the victim to shower, but she refused.

The victim called police after Castillo-Garcia left and they collected evidence at her dorm room and conducted a sexual assault exam.

Police said the victim suffers from a disability, but did not provide details on her diagnosis.

Castillo-Garcia was arrested Tuesday on a sexual assault charge. He's being held without bond at the Volusia County Jail.

Stetson University released a statement about the arrest:

“We cannot comment on any ongoing police investigation. We are deeply interested in the safety and well-being of all those in the Stetson community. Stetson works to provide a safe environment for those on campus and to respond quickly when we learn of an incident that might impact the safety of students, faculty or staff. We provide support and resources for any student who reports having been the victim of a crime,” the university said.


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