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Police release image of Cornell University student charged with rape

Ithaca Police have released an image of a 22-year-old Cornell University student accused of rape.
Ithaca (WSYR-TV) -- Ithaca Police have released an image of a 22-year-old Cornell University student accused of rape.

Peter J. Mesko was arrested on Tuesday after an extensive investigation.

Peter Mesko is listed on the Cornell University wrestling team's roster, but multiple university and athletics department officials have declined to confirm that the student-athlete has been charged with rape.

According to police, a female victim told authorities she was raped by Mesko after he illegally entered her bedroom and had sex with her without her knowledge or consent while she was sleeping.

The alleged incident happened off campus on March 30 at around 5 a.m., police said.

Mesko has been charged with one count of rape in the first degree.

Mesko is due back in court on April 5.

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