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FAIRFIELD: A Bronx man wearing a police officer costume has been charged with on-campus sexual assault at Sacred Heart University on Halloween.

Frank Anthony Sapienza, 19, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree sexual assault after a woman reported unwanted sexual contact. She accused him of kissing and groping her, after she allegedly told him to stop a number of times.

She contacted Sacred Heart University Public Safety to report that she was sexually assaulted by an unknown man, who was later identified as Sapienza, who was dressed in a police officer Halloween costume.

Sapienza admitted that he did not stop immediately after he was asked to do so by the victim. It is unclear if the victim is a Sacred Heart student.

Based on Sapienza admitting to not stopping and statements from multiple witnesses on scene corroborating her account of the incident, Sapienza was arrested. He was initially held on a 1,000 dollar bond, but was released this morning after posting bond.

His court date is Monday, November 9 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Sacred Heart University released a statement Sunday afternoon:

A guest of a Sacred Heart University student was arrested last night for an alleged sexual assault in the 4th degree on one of our students.  This is an ongoing investigation, and the university is working directly with the Fairfield Police on this matter, and we must refer all specific questions to them.  Due to federal privacy law and University policy, we are not able to disclose any details related to specific incidents involving students.   Our university sexual assault team was immediately called into duty and were on the scene last night to offer counseling and any other assistance needed.  The safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority. Sacred Heart University takes allegations of sexual assault very seriously. We will continue our efforts to ensure an atmosphere that is both safe and secure.

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