SIT student allegedly assaulted


BRATTLEBORO -- A student at SIT Graduate Center is being held without bail after another student accused him of sexual assault.

According to court documents, Christopher Monatukwa, 39, whose address is listed as Fox Farm Road in Brattleboro, was held June 2 on charges of repeated aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault -- no consent, lewd and lascivious conduct, second-degree unlawful restraint and simple assault.

Police were notified of the alleged assault after the victim reported it to the Brattleboro Police Department on May 29. The victim, who is here on a visa from the Far East, said she met Monatukwa in a class at SIT Graduate Center in 2013, though they no longer have classes together.

The victim told police she had just exited a relationship when Monatukwa began to contact her and offer her comfort.

Prior to the alleged assault, the victim and Monatukwa had met each other once for lunch and once for drinks. On the night of the assault, the victim told police, she went to meet Monatukwa and a friend at a Brattleboro bar. The victim told police they flirted for awhile but eventually Monatukwa's comments "started to get a little more graphic." The victim declined an offer to go to Monatukwa's apartment, but agreed to let him walk her home.

During the walk, somehow Monatukwa injured his leg, the victim told police, so she told him he could come into her apartment to bandage a bloody wound on his leg.

Following the ministrations, Monatukwa forced himself upon her, the victim told police.

On May 30, the Brattleboro Police Department arrested Monatukwa. He is scheduled to be back in court on June 9.

Monatukwa's previous place of residence is listed as Tempe, Ariz.

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