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Newark man given 22-year sentence for kidnapping, sexual asault of Rutgers student

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Michael Knight of Newark is looking at 22 years behind bars.
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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Newark man was sentenced Friday to 22 years in prison for the 2016 kidnapping and sexual assault of a Rutgers University student on the school campus in New Brunswick.

Michael Knight, 40, of Newark must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement today.

Superior Court Judge Joseph A. Paone sentenced Knight to a 22-year term for kidnapping and a 15-year term for a charge of aggravated sexual assault, with the sentences to be served concurrently, Carey said.

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Authorities said that just over two years ago, at about 3:30 a.m. on May 3, 2016, Knight followed the female student and attacked her near College Avenue and Seminary Place.

Knight struck the woman on her head, then severely beat her, then dragged to the side of a building and sexually assaulted her before a group of people intervened.

Authorities said Knight fled, but as he did, he said had a gun and threatened to shoot one of the men who attempted to chase him.

Carey said Detective Sgt. Carlos Rodriguez of the Rutgers University Police Department and Detective George Stilwell of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Offices identified Knight as the attacker.

In December, Knight pleaded to one count of kidnapping and one count of aggravated sexual assault.

Paone on Friday also ordered that Knight must register as a Megan’s Law offender and will undergo parole supervision for life.

 

 

 

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