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Cornell Fraternity President Released From Jail, Case Headed to Grand Jury

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The charges against a Cornell fraternity president accused of sexually assaulting a woman last week is headed to a Tompkins County Grand Jury.

21-year-old Wolfgang Ballinger is charged with first-degree attempted rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, and first-degree sexual abuse – all felonies in connection with the alleged sex assault that occurred at the Psi Upsilon Fraternity house in Ithaca.

The victim claims Ballinger locked her in a room and forced himself on her despite repeated rejections of his advances.

Ballinger waived his right to appear at a preliminary hearing Tuesday. He is barred from the Cornell campus, and the fraternity is suspended.

Ballinger is the son of Douglas Ballinger, the owner of the famed New York City nightclub Webster Hall.

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