The Cornell Daily Sun reported Tuesday night that Cornell freshman forward Xavier Eaglin was arrested Sunday on charges of rape, sexual assault and strangulation, per the Cornell University Police Department.
Eaglin was charged with first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree criminal sexual assault and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. According to the Daily Sun, he was arraigned Monday and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. The Daily Sun further reported that, according to university police, a preliminary hearing will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Eaglin played just nine minutes in six games this season, most recently in a home loss to Yale, which is dealing with its own allegedly sexual assault-related controversy in the aftermath of Jack Montague’s departure last month as a student from the university, where posters accusing the team of “supporting a rapist” continue to show up on campus despite that claim not being substantiated by authorities.
The news of Eaglin’s arrest follows the death of Cornell President Elizabeth Garrett Sunday, constituting a tragic and disastrous day and week for the university.