A 23-year-old man will go to trial on charges he sexually abused a college friend staying at his home.
Brandon Michael Wesneski, listed as having a Canton address in court documents, was charged Aug. 11 with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with an unconscious person, aggravated indecent assault without consent and aggravated indecent assault of a person unconscious or unaware, all felonies, and indecent assault without consent and indecent assault of an unconscious person, both misdemeanors.
On Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Nathan Boob dropped the two aggravated indecent assault charges and replaced them with a felony sexual assault charge at a preliminary hearing.
The alleged victim is a Wilkes University student, and he was a friend of Wesneski. The student told District Judge Leslie Dutchcot that he was headed back to Wilkes after a trip in March when he stopped to visit Wesneski at his Milesburg residence.
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He told a story about a night that started with beer and progressed to mixed drinks, with Wesneski playing bartender.
“I was feeling pretty drunk,” the victim said. After getting sick, he said he wanted to go to bed. That was around midnight. He fell asleep hard, he said.
“The next thing I remember was waking up,” he said.
He said he was not sure what was going on, and then he realized that his friend was performing oral sex on him. He said he couldn’t move away and couldn’t speak.
“I could smell his breath. That’s how I knew it was real,” he said.
The next morning, he left, calling his girlfriend and telling her “I think I’ve been raped.”
Dutchcot bound Wesneski over on the three charges from the original filing and the newly added sexual assault charge.
Wesneski remains free on $10,000 secured bond.