Frat President Accused of Rape at Ivy League University
The president of an Ivy League frat has been arrested on sexual assault allegations. Wolfgang Ballinger, president of the Cornell University’s Psi Upsilon, turned himself in Thursday, after cops contacted his lawyer, according to a Facebook post by the Cornell University Police Department. He now faces charges for first-degree attempted rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, and first-degree sexual abuse.
The alleged victim is a Cornell student, too, as reported by Syracuse.com. She reportedly said the attack happened at a Psi Upsilon frat house early Sunday.
The police statement can be read here:
Even though Ballinger, 21, wasn’t mentioned in early media reports, the university acted fast. Psi Upsilon was put on interim suspension Monday, according to the Ithaca Journal. That means the frat can’t do anything but handle the “operation of its residence.” They’ve been suspended before, in 2015 on drug accusations. Even so, those allegations didn’t stick.
Ballinger was arraigned in Ithaca city, and sent to the Tompkins County Jail on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. His next court date is Feb. 9, a preliminary hearing.
[image via Tompkins County Jail]