• Man pleads not guilty to Northeastern sexual assault, held until next hearing

    By: Evan White

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    BOSTON - The man accused of an attempted sexual assault in the middle of a Northeastern University building answered charges in front of a judge on Tuesday. 

    Transit police arrested Kennedy Colson after two similar incidents last Thursday. The first was just before 1 p.m. as a Northeastern student studied at Dodge Hall, preparing for a 1 p.m. class.

    According to court paperwork, Colson, who is homeless, had little trouble walking right into Dodge Hall and sitting down a few seats from the victim.

    Police reports say Colson asked the woman for sex. She said no and he allegedly exposed himself and pushed her toward a wall. Police say she escaped the study room and got help. 

    "It's hard because when you're on campus you want to be able to study and focus and do your best work. And to have to kind of think of things like that is kind of stressful," Northeastern student Emily Evangelista told Boston 25 News. 

    Colson was later spotted heading to an Orange Line train where a woman claimed he made lewd comments and exposed himself to her before he was finally arrested.

    Transit police say Colson is a level three sex offender. 

    He hid from cameras at an arraignment hearing for the alleged attempted sexual assault of a Northeastern student. He is charged with assault to rape, kidnapping, trespassing and assault and battery. 

    A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf in the Northeastern case, though the matter was continued to Friday. He's been held until then.

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