Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Former FGCU student pleads no contest to on-campus rape

Joshua Sekulic lee county mugshot

naples-herald-dot-logo-20x20 (1)After more than a year of waiting, former Florida Gulf Coast University student Joshua Sekulic’s trial has finally come to a close. The 23-year-old accepted a plea deal Monday morning, resulting in no jail time and ten years of sex offender probation.

Sekulic was arrested on Nov. 4, 2013 after being accused of raping two female students and attacking a third while in FGCU’s campus housing.  The plea deal required Sekulic to plead no contest to one count of sexual battery. He will undergo counseling, electronic monitoring and has been sentenced to abide by a curfew of 6 p.m. Sekulic is not allowed to have any contact with his victims.

At the time of his arrest, Sekulic was a junior biology major at FGCU. He has since been banned from the campus. According to the arrest reports, Sekulic was violent to the girls, choking one while demanding she have sex with him as they watched a movie in her dorm room.

Sekulic was reported to have forced himself upon the student and was quoted as saying, “You are completely emotionless and this is how sex will be for the rest of your life. I’ve (expletive) a Chi Omega with the lights off because she is the exact same way —emotionless.”

The two other victims were repeatedly bit on the neck and shoulders, leaving painful bruises. He was also accused of throwing one on her bed and pinning her down after she asked him to leave. He did not leave until she punched him. The other victim was forced to perform oral sex before Sekulic left. Each of these attacks took place in a span of only six days.

FGCU’s Chief of Police Steven Moore shared a statement with Naples Herald regarding the University’s stance on how the case was handled.

“In regards to the case involving Joshua Sekulic, the University Police Department always strives to provide the best case possible for the State Attorney’s Office to move forward with prosecution,” Moore said. “We would like to thank the victims from this case for having the strength to come forward and report these incidents. Over a one-day period, these victims came forward and we were able to secure their cooperation to seek prosecution.”

“UPD worked with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to make a successful arrest and prosecution. We always realize this is the beginning of the process. We know the hard work the SAO and the victim advocates have in preparing such a case for trial and working in the best interest of the victims to reach a proper outcome. In this case, we trust the resulting plea deal achieved these goals and will assist in keeping our community safe.”

Moore stated that this was an unusual case for the FGCU community in both the short time frame of these attacks, and the cold and demeaning statements Sekulic made to the victims as reported to them. Only through the victims reporting these crimes were they able to stop any further acts by this individual.

“We thank the efforts of the SAO,” Moore said. “The victim advocates, and most importantly the victims in helping bring about the successful conclusion to these incidents.”

One FGCU graduate expressed outrage over Sekulic’s sentence.

“The prosecution is completely impotent. I don’t know what kind of a world we live in, where you can be found guilty of such a heinous crime and not spend a day in prison,” said Joel Morris, 25.

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