Frank Sullivan plead not guilty to 4 counts of rape inside a Springfield Court room Friday morning.
The 24-year-old former Milford High School baseball star is accused of raping multiple victims in August of 2015, between November 30th and December 1st of 2015 and as late as this March.
“The charges are severe, but the mere fact that the charges are brought is not an indication of guilt,” said his lawyer Scott Croswell. Sullivan was released on his own recognizance and has to surrender his passport.
The prosecutor representing the victims at the court house would not comment on the case since he’s not the lead attorney for the Sullivan case, Croswell said part of the defense may be the so called, “secret society” clubs that exist on campus.
These are not University sanctioned clubs that primarily meet at night. The rules and activates of these groups are not known which makes the information we are able to give a bit vague.
“There have been discussions of secret societies at Wittenberg University and they may in some fashion be involved in the allegations which have been brought here.” Croswell said.
There has been some talk of drinking games that may have taken place, which is why students like Mallory Martin said she did not join. “I heard some of the initiations can be a little rough,” she said.
University officials said they are aware of the clubs and no sexual misconduct claims have been associated with them at least over the last eight years.
Wittenberg Dean of Students, Casey Gill, said the University averages about 15 to 20 sexual misconduct cases a year.
Croswell said if his client is convicted on all charges he could face over 20 years in prison.
Sullivan is no longer on campus at the school and is a class short of graduation.