WEST CHESTER, PA — The Chester County District Attorney’s Office has announced that a jury convicted 24-year-old Eric Jones of Newark, NJ, of indecent assault for sexually assaulting a victim on the campus of Lincoln University in Lower Oxford Township, Chester County on October 17, 2021. He will be sentenced at a later date.
“This defendant violated the victim when she was incapable of consent. She showed tremendous courage by coming forward, and we are thankful to our team of investigators and prosecutors for advocating for the victim throughout this case,” said Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan.
According to prosecutors, on October 17, 2021, the Lincoln University Police Department was dispatched to the Lincoln House, a resident building, located on the campus of Lincoln University for a report of a sexual assault. Chester County Detectives also arrived on the scene to investigate, and the victim was transported to Christiana Hospital.
The victim reported that she had attended Homecoming activities and parties on campus the night before and into the morning of October 17, 2021. She stated that she had consumed alcohol at the events and returned home at approximately 12:30 a.m.
The victim further related that while she was attempting to sleep, she overheard doors slamming throughout the house and knew others had returned home. She heard her roommate, and a relative of her roommate enter the shared room. Both individuals left the room shortly after, leaving the victim asleep in her bed. The defendant, who was a boyfriend to one of the victims’ housemates, entered her room and asked for her phone number.
The victim gave him her phone number and then ended the interaction with the defendant. The defendant began to kiss and touch the victim’s body, but the victim was unable to move or consent due to intoxication. The victim stated that the defendant rolled her onto her stomach and continued to kiss and touch her without her consent.
Chester County Detectives investigated. Acting First Assistant Andrea Cardamone and ADA Santina Pescatore are the assigned prosecutors.