ITHACA, N.Y. — A former Cornell student was indicted on a first-degree sexual abuse charge Thursday morning.

The indictment states that Wolfgang Ballinger “subjected another person to sexual contact by forcible compulsion.”

He was initially accused of first-degree attempted rape, first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree sexual abuse in late January.

According to previously released court documents, he is accused of luring a woman into his room around 2 a.m. on Jan. 31 at 2 Forest Park Lane. He then allegedly locked the door, pushed the woman against the door and tried to have sexual intercourse with her twice from behind. He also allegedly forced the woman to have oral sex with him and pushed her onto the bed where he allegedly sexually abused her with his fingers.

Thursday’s indictment did not mention the other charges.

Since Ballinger’s initial arrest, he has pursued legal action against Cornell University stating that the charges against him were not fairly  investigated by university officials.

Ballinger has denied the accusations against him.

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