A Birdsboro man convicted of sexually assaulting a fellow Kutztown University student after they met through a dating app has been sentenced in Berks County Court.
Casey Fitzsimmons, 22, of the first block of Cedar Lane was sentenced Wednesday to 11½ to 23 months in the county prison followed by five years of probation by Judge Patrick T. Barrett.
A jury in September found him guilty of the sexual assault charge but not guilty of rape and indecent assault.
According to an affidavit of probable cause:
The woman told investigators that she had matched with Fitzsimmons on the dating app Bumble. She received a message from Fitzsimmons on the app around 2 a.m. Sept. 22 about coming to her apartment. She told him that she did not want to have sex with him and he agreed.
Fitzsimmons and the woman started watching TV in her off-campus apartment. They began to kiss, and Fitzsimmons removed her clothing. The victim told Fitzsimmons that she did not want to proceed, but he pinned her arms above her head and assaulted her.
The woman asked Fitzsimmons to leave her room in the morning. Later in the day he sent her a message through the app apologizing for his actions.
Fitzsimmons admitted to police that he knew the victim did not want to have sex with him.