Ex-UMassachusetts student acquitted of rape charge
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A former University of Massachusetts student has been acquitted of charges that he raped a fellow student in his Amherst dorm room.
Nineteen-year-old Weiland Wang was cleared by a Hampshire Superior Court jury on Wednesday of rape and three counts of indecent assault and battery.
Prosecutors had accused Wang of raping the woman, who was his friend, after she came to room to study in February 2013. Both are originally from China.
Wang told police he had attempted to sexually assault the woman.
But on the stand in his own defense, Wang said they had consensual sex and he told police a made-up story to protect her honor, because she had a boyfriend in China.
Wang’s lawyer says his client is “elated and relieved.”