A University of Florida senior who was also a residence hall assistant was charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment was released on his own recognizance after his attorney successfully argued that he is a “high-achieving student,” WCJB reported.
Ian Milaski, 21, from Cape Coral, Florida, was arrested on Aug. 29 after a female student accused him of assaulting her in his dorm room.
Milaski was jailed on charges of battery and false imprisonment, with bond set at $125,000.
The woman, identified only as a UF sophomore, told police that Milaski contacted her for help. He asked her to bring him some water because he was drunk. So, she arrived a few minutes later and walked Milaski back to his room, but he tried to force himself on her and said, “I want to sleep with you!”
When the woman protested and attempted to leave the room, Milaski refused and continued imploring the student to have sex with him. He grabbed her, picked her up, pinned her to the bed, and tried to put his fingers inside her underwear, NBC-2 News reported.
After she escaped and return to her dorm room, Milaski entered hours later and tried lying down next to her. According to the report, he was stopped by one of the woman’s friends, who had been asleep in the same dorm room and yelled at Milaski to leave.
On Friday, Sept. 6, a judge ordered Milaski released on his own recognizance, agreeing with an emergency defense motion that described Milaski as a “high-achieving student,” according to WCJB.
The bail-reduction motion said Milaski is “slated to graduate in May 2020″ with a double major. Moreover, Milaski has led a community service project involving dozens of students and “personally performed more than 210 hours of community service in the last two years.”
The lawyer argued that Milaski’s retiree father and school board member mother cannot afford to pay the $125,000 bond because the amount is beyond their ‘modest means.’
His attorney said being released would allow him to complete his school assignments and help his parents prepare for Hurricane Dorian.
The attorney also wrote that further evidence will show the incident to be a “misunderstanding among platonic friends fueled by alcohol.” Nothing in Milaski’s past suggests he is a threat to the community at large.
The judge ordered Milaski to have no contact with the victim. He is also prohibited from returning to Alachua County or Sarasota County except for court appointments or events related to school, including classes.
Under the conditions of his release, Milaski also was ordered to wear a GPS device. No date has been set for his next court appearance.