DeSales Student Charged with Raping Girl

Police say suspect took advantage of drunk, sleeping 16-year-old girl at college party.


A 20-year-old DeSales University student has been charged with raping a 16-year-old girl in her sleep during an October party at his home in South Bethlehem, police said.

Brian K. Tevald, 20, of 437 Montclair Ave., was arraigned on rape and associated charges Friday in front of District Judge Joseph Barner and released on 10 percent of $25,000 bail.

According to the court record, Tevald and other DeSales students hosted a party at the Montclair Avenue home on October 1 and the early morning hours of October 2. The victim’s brother, an 18-year-old DeSales student, invited the victim to the party, according to police.

Then, according to the arrest affidavit, the following occurred:

The girl had several alcoholic beverages after arriving and became intoxicated. Giving in to a strong desire to go to sleep, the girl entered a second-floor bedroom, laid on the bed and went to sleep.

She awoke to the sound of her cell phone ringing. An unknown man was lying on top of her and inserting his tongue in her mouth. Tevald jumped off of the victim as soon as he realized she was awake.

The victim then realized that her skirt had been pulled up to her waist and her boots and underwear had been removed.

In addition to rape, Tevald was charged with aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors.


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