Man pleads not guilty to alleged rape in BGSU residence hall


A Toledo man who has been accused a rape in a Bowling Green State University residence hall has pleaded not guilty.

Assad Girad, 23, appeared Monday in the courtroom of Wood County Common Pleas Judge Molly Mack.

He was indicted in May for rape and kidnapping, both first-degree felonies, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Defense attorney Stevin Groth entered pleas of not guilty on behalf of his client.

Mack said, if found guilty, she could impose maximum sentences of 11-16.5 years for each of the two F1 charges and up to 36 months for the tampering charge.

Girad also would have to register as a Tier III sex offender, which will require him to register every 90 days for life, she said.

On April 1, the alleged victim invited Girad to watch a movie with friends. She clearly told Girad prior to his arrival she did not want sexual conduct with him, according to court documents.

Once the movie ended and they were alone, they kissed briefly and then Girad lifted her shirt. She told him no, and he allegedly raped her while she pleaded with him to stop. He allegedly then put her on the floor, covered her mouth and nose with his hand and continued his assault, according to the documents.

The incident reportedly happened in the Kriescher-Darrow lounge on the BGSU campus.

The kidnapping charge is due to Girad allegedly restraining the woman.

He also allegedly concealed or removed evidence with the purpose of impairing its value to the investigation.

Groff asked for an own recognizance bond, stating that his client has had no contact with the alleged victim since posting $50,000 bond on the rape charge through Bowling Green Municipal Court.

“We are fine with an OR bond on the tampering and kidnapping charges,” said Wood County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Gross.

Mack said as a condition of bond, Girad will continue to wear a GPS monitor, maintain a 3-mile exclusion zone around BGSU and have no contact with the alleged victim.

His next court appearance was scheduled for June 26.

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