University of Vermont Student Charged With Sexual Assault


A University of Vermont student has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and lewd and lascivious conduct involving two students.

Police say Nikolai Kalininskii, a 19-year-old UVM sophomore from Russia, touched the genitals of two female students who live in his dorm during separate incidents Saturday and Monday.

According to text messages in court documents sent to multiple media outlets, Kalininskii said he was drunk when the sexual assaults took place.

"Sorry that I did that with you, every action leads consequences," Kalininskii allegedly texted one victim. "What can I do to make you forgive me?"

He was arrested and arraigned in Chittenden Superior Court on Tuesday.

Kalininskii was issued a no-trespass order for the entire UVM campus.

"We're always encouraging people to report these incidents and they did. We got a lot of cooperation from the community in this particular incident and that made a big difference," said Tim Bilodeau of the University Police.

A phone message left for the supervising attorney at the Chittenden County Public Defender's' office was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Kalininskii faces a minimum of three years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted on the charges.

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