Zachary Alperin has been identified as the 22-year-old Missouri State University student who allegedly raped an unidentified woman on the school’s campus just hours after she attended a #MeToo rally. The incident allegedly occurred on Saturday, October 6.
On Wednesday, October 10, Alperin was charged with second-degree rape and sodomy for the alleged attack.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that the unidentified women met Alperin on Saturday, October 6 after she attended the #MeToo at Park Central Square.
The two went to some bars in downtown Springfield, Missouri, before going to the women’s room. According to police, the woman said in her official statement that she allowed Alperin to sleep over but made it clear not to touch her because she was intoxicated.
However, the woman’s statement says that after she went to sleep, she woke up in the middle of the night and found Alperin naked on top of her, alleging that Alperin performed sex acts on her before she could push him away.
In his statement, Alperin allegedly said to authorities: “I guess I tried to force myself on her, and I feel like such a terrible person for it.”
Alperin was being held at the Greene County Jail on $20,000 bond. If found guilty, the rape and sodomy charges carry possible 7-year prison sentences.
At the time of this writing, Alperin’s court date has not been set.
That is all the information available at this time. This article will be updated should more become available.