A California man sexually assaulted a Penn State student in the East Halls Complex after she fell asleep, according to Penn State police.
Jayden Barnes, an 18-year-old from Mission Viejo, invited the woman over to her friends’ room to talk in October. The two eventually laid on the floor together under a blanket, she fell asleep and Barnes allegedly assaulted her.
The university sent a timely warning after the incident was reported and police said Barnes contacted a witness to ask if it was about him. He also sent the woman a private Instagram message to apologize for his behavior.
“IK you reported it and I’m ready for any consequence to come my way,” Barnes allegedly wrote.
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Barnes was charged with two felony counts of aggravated indecent assault and two misdemeanors.
He was arraigned Thursday by District Judge Carmine Prestia Jr., who set bail at $50,000 unsecured.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 30.