College Wrestler Facing Rape Charges

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - A 22-year-old Cornell University wrestler has been charged after a woman said she woke up to find him raping her, and the woman's partner later took a photo that led to his arrest.

Peter Mesko, of Honesdale, Pa., was charged Tuesday with first-degree rape. Mesko was freed on $5,000 bail, to appear in court Friday. Police didn't know if he has a lawyer.

The Ithaca Journal reports (http://ithacajr.nl/11reBpb) that court papers say the women were sleeping early Saturday when one awoke to find a stranger on top of her. The women fought him off and ran upstairs.

Investigators say the victim's partner went back to the bedroom and took two pictures of the man lying on the bed, which the women used to identify Mesko by looking him up on the athletic department's website.


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