Man accused of trying to assault sleeping Rice University students says apology was used against him

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on April 2, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 2 at 5:23 PM

HOUSTON -- The man accused of assaulting two Rice University students in their dorm rooms on Saturday morning says he doesn’t recall the incidents.

Nate Simonette, 25, said he cannot remember what happened when he went back to his alma mater for an annual tradition known as “Beer Bike.”

He said the drinking started early, that he mixed alcohol with antidepressants, and that his friends left him.

The next thing he knew, he said campus police were asking him to draft an apology to two undergrads he had allegedly attacked. He claims that apology was later used against him as a confession.

According to Rice police, Simonette entered the dorm at Lovett College some time after 11 a.m. and began to fondle two women in separate rooms where the doors were unlocked.

It led to two counts of burglary with the intent to commit sexual offenses.

Police caught up with Simonette shortly after one of the victim’s boyfriends chased him down. To describe him as drunk, his attorney said, would have been an understatement.

On Wednesday a judge ordered Simonette to have no contact with the Rice campus, the complainants or with Lovett, his former college.

It is where he said he lived before graduating in 2011.

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