UI student charged with sexual assault in 2017 incident at fraternity house


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URBANA — A University of Illinois senior is being held in the Champaign County Jail on $250,000 bond after being charged with sexually assaulting a fellow student at a fraternity almost two years ago.

Judge John Kennedy ordered that Atilcan Malak, 22, who listed addresses in Chicago and at the Acacia fraternity, 302 E. Armory Ave., surrender his passport and not leave Illinois while his case is pending.

Malak was arraigned Wednesday on one count of criminal sexual assault alleging that on Aug. 24, 2017, he committed a sex act with a woman, now 22, who was unable to consent.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the alleged assault happened at the Acacia fraternity after the woman had been drinking.

According to a Champaign police report, Malak acknowledged that the woman was in the house but denied engaging in sex with her.

Rietz said the woman reported the incident to police at the time it happened but chose not to pursue criminal charges then.

There has been additional police investigation since then, Rietz said. That resulted in police seeking a warrant for Malak that Kennedy issued Tuesday.

Assistant Public Defender Dave Appleman on Wednesday asked Kennedy to lower Malak's bond, saying that he is a full-time student who was scheduled to start a job in Dallas after graduation.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach objected, countering that Malak is a flight risk and that he was set to return to Turkey.

Kennedy left the bond at $250,000 and told Malak to be back in court July 2 in the event that he's able to post $25,000 to win his release.

If convicted of the charge, he faces four to 15 years in prison.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is mschenk@news-gazette.com, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).

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