Former Temple University frat president charged with rape
The ex-chapter head of a fraternity suspended by Temple University over misconduct claims has been charged with rape, cops said.
Ari Goldstein was hit with rape, indecent assault and witness intimidation when he was arraigned Wednesday, which ABC affiliate WPVI said were from a February incident.
The 21-year-old Bucks County native previously headed the Philadelphia school’s Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity until it was suspended several weeks ago.
Bail for Goldstein, who’s due back in court later this month, was set at $2 million, according to WPVI.
Temple halted the fraternity’s activities after “multiple credible reports” of underage drinking, drug use and at least two sexual assault incidents.
Philadelphia police previously said three women, including two 19-year-old Temple students, reported being sexually assaulted at Alpha Epsilon Pi events.
At least one of the assaults happened in February, cops said, and a second the following month.
One of the teens reportedly told cops the frat brothers gave her several drinks, after which she blacked out — believing she was sexually assaulted.
Alpha Epsilon Pi’s national chapter tried to distance itself from Goldstein on Wednesday, noting the actual arrest happened after the Temple student was removed as chapter president.
“We are, obviously, deeply troubled by the charges leveled at this young man,” fraternity spokesman Jonathan Pierce told WPVI. “We believe in due process but there is clearly no place for this behavior in our organization and, if proven true, I would expect the individual to be permanently expelled from our fraternity."