A former resident advisor at Westfield State University in Massachusetts appeared in court Monday after being accused of kidnapping a Connecticut woman.
Police said they received a 911 call from the Main Street area of Somers on Sunday morning from a man who said someone pretending to be a police officer kidnapped his girlfriend.
He said a Hispanic man forced her into a dark car with Massachusetts plates.
Connecticut State Police went to the scene to investigate, and while they were there the man, later identified as Aerin Reardon, 21, returned with the woman.
Troopers detained him while they spoke to the victim, who is a 31-year-old woman. She said that she and her boyfriend were contacted via cell phone by Reardon about an ad on Craigslist for exotic dancing at parties.
The victim said she was forcibly removed from the home and brought to a parking lot in Enfield. She said he threatened that she would be arrested if she didn't cooperate.
Somewhere along the way, the woman was sexually assaulted. While troopers responded after the victim's boyfriend called 911, Reardon returned with the woman.
She was brought to a local hospital to be treated, and Reardon was arrested.
Reardon, who has no criminal history, was charged with kidnapping, sexual assault and impersonating a police officer.
According to Reardon's Linkedin profile, he served as an RA at school, an orientation leader, a student ambassador and tour guide at the school.
"He's an integral part of his university," said Reardon's attorney Dick Brown. "He has a very good average and needless to say, his friends and family are all shocked by the allegations."
Brown said this incident is out-of-character for Reardon.
"Obviously he's very upset," Brown said. "He's more concerned about his family than himself.
State police said they confiscated a cell phone, sex assault evidence kit, women's clothing, slippers and a bedsheet.
"There is always more to the story and eventually, hopefully, it'll come out in a way that will show it's not quite what it's perceived to be," Brown said.
Reardon's bond was lowered to $100,000 and he is expected to appear in court again on Oct. 18. The judge ordered full protective order for the alleged victim.
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