Xavier Eaglin

ITHACA, N.Y. — Court records show that a Cornell basketball forced a woman to engage in vaginal, anal and oral sex with him in her dorm room.

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Xavier D. Eaglin, 19, is charged with felonies for first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree criminal sexual act. He is also charged with misdemeanor criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. He was taken into custody Sunday.

According to court records, the rape happened at a dorm around midnight on Feb. 15 at Balch Hall. The victim allegedly repeatedly told Eaglin that she did not consent to sex and asked him to stop. She said she feared he would become physically aggressive if she resisted.

Eaglin is accused of holding his hand over the woman’s mouth and choking her with his other hand while he was raping her.

Cornell police reported in court documents that they have a recorded video interview with Eaglin in which he confesses to the forced sex acts. Also listed as evidence are a taped phone call between Eaglin and another person, as well as a sworn statement where he allegedly confesses to forced sex acts.

Police said an investigation into the accusations against Eaglin are ongoing and further charges are pending.

Officials said Eaglin was arraigned on Monday and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. An official at the jail said Tuesday night that Eaglin is still in custody. 

Eaglin is scheduled to appear at the Ithaca City Court for a preliminary hearing at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Eaglin is a forward on Cornell Men’s basketball team, according to the Cornell Basketball Blog.

He is the second male student from Cornell to be charged with rape in the past month.

On Feb. 5, former Cornell fraternity President at Psi Upsilon, Wolfgang Ballinger, was charged with first-degree attempted rape, first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree sexual abuse.

Ballinger allegedly raped a woman at the fraternity’s house at 2 Forest Park on Jan. 28. He was released on his own recognizance following a felony preliminary hearing on Feb. 9 at Ithaca City Court.

Cornell officials said Ballinger has been banned from campus. They did not immediately provide information about Eaglin’s permission to be at Cornell.

The Cornell University Police urge anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault to call 911 to receive police assistance, emergency health care for injuries (appropriate to your circumstance), get access to supportive services and – if you choose to do so – to report a crime. Resources can also be found at share.cornell.edu.

Xavier Eaglin

Update 11:15am – information that could potentially identify the victim has been removed from the story.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.