UF student accused of sexually assaulting 17-year-old at fraternity house
Gainesville Police have arrested a 21-year-old University of Florida student accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his fraternity house in December, 2016.
Police charged Christopher Podlin with sexual assault of a victim younger than 18, a first-degree felony.
An arrest report says Podlin and the victim, who was 17 at the time, first met on Instagram. It says they met in person on Dec. 3, 2016 to study together. The victim told police she became uncomfortable when he tried to kiss her and sit close to her on a couch. The next day Podlin texted her to see if she was OK and she texted back that she was fine but she didn't want to hook up with him.
The report says they met again at a social function on Dec. 7. It says the victim became intoxicated and Podlin took her back to his fraternity house. The report says Podlin gave her a T-shirt to change out of her dress and then aggressively kissed her while she attempted to change. It says he carried her to his bed and began to have sexual intercourse with her against her will as she begged him to put a condom on. The victim pretended to pass out to get him to stop, the report says. That's when it says he took the condom off and climbed on top of her again until she started yelling and got up.
The report says the victim got a ride home and received a text message from Podlin that morning that said, "Listen, I'm so sorry. I had no intentions of hooking up until you basically got fully naked."
Police say she reported the sexual assault about a year later, in December of 2017. She showed investigators messages she wrote to friends in 2016 telling them she was scared he was going to assault her.
Police say Podlin met with investigators this week and requested to speak to his lawyer. He was arrested and booked into the Alachua County Jail.