Patrick Durocher of Longmeadow charged with aggravated rape after alleged attack on UMass campus
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NORTHAMPTON — An 18-year-old Longmeadow man faces a charge of aggravated rape in connection with an alleged early morning attack at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus in September.
According to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, Patrick Durocher allegedly raped a woman while holding her against her will on Sept. 2. At the time both Durocher and the woman were UMass students, according to the district attorney’s office.
Durocher pleaded not guilty at his Oct. 4 arraignment in Eastern Hampshire District Court.
After a hearing the same day, Judge John M. Payne determined Durocher was dangerous enough to be held on $10,000 cash bail with release conditions that he submit to GPS monitoring, observe a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. curfew, report to the Probation Department once a week, remain in Massachusetts, reside with his parents, have no contact with the alleged victim, stay away from the UMass campus, avoid drugs and alcohol and submit to random screenings.
According to court records, UMass Police responded to an emergency call about 1:15 a.m. at the north side of the Campus Center involving a woman on the ground and a man standing over her.
Witnesses told police the woman appeared to be unconscious and unresponsive and the man naked from the waist down was on top of her.
It is Gazette policy not to name victims or alleged victims of sexual assaults.
The alleged victim gave a statement to UMass Police on Sept. 3, and said she attended a party on North Pleasant Street on Sept. 1 and left alone at about 11:45 p.m.
She said she was walking on a path past a bus stop near the Campus Center when Durocher, whom she had never met, called out to her.
According to court records, Durocher approached the woman, grabbed her, and assaulted her.
The alleged victim told police Durocher forced her to the ground and raped her while pinning her to the ground outside the Campus Center. According to court files, she suffered injuries.
This is the third rape allegation involving a student on campus that led to criminal charges in the last 12 months.
∎ Four men, Justin King, Emmanuel Bile, Adam Liccardi and Caleb Womack have all pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of aggravated rape of a UMass student in her dorm room in October 2012.
∎ UMass student Weiling Wang pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and indecent assault and battery in connection with an alleged assault in February 2013.
Durocher is due back in court on Nov. 19 for a pre-trial hearing.
Bob Dunn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.