Trial set for man charged with rape of Miami U. student

A trial date has been set for an Oxford man arrested in September for allegedly sexually assaulting a 21-year-old Miami University student.

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Brandon Levi Gilbert, 22, of the 100 block of Homstead Avenue, is charged with rape, attempted rape, two counts of kidnapping and felonious assault for the incident that allegedly occurred Sept. 29 in Oxford.

Gilbert was arrested within minutes of the incident and indicted by a Butler County grand jury a few days later.

Today, Gilbert was in Judge Greg Howard’s courtroom for a pre-trial hearing where the judge set trial for Feb. 19. Gilbert is free on $75,000 bond.

“Blood cur(d)ling screams” is how an Oxford police officer described what he heard just before seeing a Miami University student with only one shoe on run toward him early on the morning of the incident.

“She was shaking and trembling with fear. I noticed that she was covered in dead grass and leaves from head to toe and her waist belt was undone,” Officer Mark Ledermeier wrote in a police report obtained by this news outlet.

The student told Ledermeier a man had thrown her to the ground and had punched her so many times in her right ear that she was having trouble hearing.

While being attacked, the woman said she saw the lights from Ledermeier’s police cruiser, which was stopped nearby as he wrote a ticket for a vehicle registration violation.

“She stated that the male held her down on the ground and told her to ‘Shut up,’ likely because he witnessed my overhead lights as well. She stated that she fought back and punched the male several times as well to get him off her,” according to the police report.

During her screams and struggle, the man assaulting her fled on foot, the woman told police.

She later identified Gilbert, who police stopped nearby on East Central Avenue, as her alleged attacker.

Gilbert works for Miami University in a “buildings and grounds” role, and has been suspended without pay until his case moves through the legal system, according to a university spokeswoman.

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