- Lauren Pack Staff Writer
A trial date for early 2018 has been set for a Miami University student facing 13 sex charges, including rape.
Nicolas Cristescu, who lives in the Pines Lodge residence hall at Heritage Commons, is accused of rape and sexual battery, both felonies, as well as 11 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism, according to the Butler County Clerk of Courts Office. The crimes are alleged to have occurred between Oct. 11 and Oct. 12.
Cristescu, 20, of Cleveland, appeared before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster on Monday, when a trial date of Jan. 9 was set. The trial is scheduled for three days.
Cristescu remains in the Butler County Jail. Defense attorney Steve Kilburn requested a reduction of his client’s $75,000 bond, stating Cristescu has no prior record and is a finance student at Miami University.
Oster denied the bond reduction, citing the seriousness of the charges.
The rape indictment alleges Cristescu engaged in sexual conduct with a person when “the other person’s ability to resist or consent is substantially impaired because of mental or physical condition…”
The original complaint states that “Cristescu video recorded himself having vaginal sex with an unconscious female.”
All the charges, including voyeurism, involve one victim, Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Heile previously told this news outlet.
She declined to disclose the age of the victim, but confirmed it is an adult.
Each voyeurism charge coincides with an image allegedly taken by Cristescu of the victim, according to Heile.
Cristescu was initially charged with the felony crimes on Oct. 25 in Area I Court, but those charges were dismissed by the prosecutor. The evidence was then presented to a Butler County grand jury, which returned the 13-charge indictment on Nov. 1.
On Oct. 20, Cristescu was charged with drug abuse (marijuana) and five counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a misdemeanor, according to Butler County Area I Court records.
A report from Miami University Police states that on Oct. 13 “Cristescu was was found to be in possession of obscene images involving a female minor. The female minor was 16 years old when the images were created and originally received by Cristescu from the female minor in 2014.”
He pleaded guilty to the drug charge and to one count of an amended charge of disseminating material harmful to juvenile, also a misdemeanor.
As part of that investigation, Heile said detectives began looking at Cristescu’s phone, which led to the additional charges.