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Sexual assault charges dismissed against Buffalo State student

Sexual assault charges filed against a SUNY at Buffalo State student last summer have been dismissed.

According to the attorney for Elijah Bethel of Troy, a grand jury voted not to indict the student who was accused of molesting a woman in a college dormitory in August.

“It wasn’t him. His DNA was nowhere to be found at the scene,” said defense attorney Paul Michalek on Friday. “Charges should have been dismissed a long time ago.”

Bethel, then 17, was arrested and suspended from the college after another student reported to police that a man came into her room in Porter Hall and forcibly touched her at about 3:30 in the morning on Aug. 28. The woman said she screamed and struggled, and the man fled her room. She later identified Bethel as her assailant.

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that charges against Bethel have been dropped and said the investigation into the incident in ongoing.