Two accused in sexual assault of disabled woman

Published 09/06 2012 10:03PM

Updated 09/07 2012 01:20PM

Update: 10:08 pm
CHAMPAIGN -- A disabled man and his caretaker are charged with the criminal sexual abuse of a woman who is also disabled. UI student, Brian O'Donnell and his caretaker, Thomas Roman, Jr., are accused of an assault which reportedly happened at Nugent Hall on campus.

Police say it happened when the three returned to O'Donnell's dorm room after visiting a campus bar. The State's Attorney's Office says O'Donnell's caretaker, helped him commit the assault.

Both men are out on bail. O'Donnell will be fitted with a ankle monitor since his disability can't be accommodated at the jail. Roman is due back in court September 18. O'Donnell is scheduled for October 23.

Original: 12:53 pm
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- A student with a disability and his caretaker both faces charges of sexual assault of another student who also has a disability.

The Champaign County State's Attorney's office says 21-year old Brian O'Donnell is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault. The alleged attack happened with a 20-year old female student who is also disabled.

Officials say O'Donnell's hired caretaker, 21-year old Thomas Roman, Jr., was also charged in the crime for allegedly helping O'Donnell in the act. Roman is due back in court September 18. O'Donnell is due October 23.

O'Donnell's lawyer says his client did not commit this crime and they will continue to fight the charges. Police continue to investigate.

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