ST PAUL, Minn. — A former Hamline student has been sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison for raping another student.
According to the criminal complaint, Pierce Heston, now 25, ran into the victim at a party on May 14, 2016. When she left, he told her he wanted to walk her back to her dorm because he had promised his sister that he would make sure she got home safely.
She told investigators that he then followed her into her room and admitted he had lied about his reason for going with her. She said he began to kiss her and she told him "no." She told investigators he then forced her to perform sex and raped her.
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According to the complaint, she went to the bathroom and began texting friends asking them to come help her. One friend and her sister came to the dorm and found her bleeding and crying, according to the complaint. Heston left at that point, the complaint states.
The victim was brought to the hospital for a sexual assault examination and they found a tear and blood, according to the complaint. DNA found on the victim matched that of Heston.
On Tuesday, Heston was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison on a charge of first-degree rape causing injury. Hamline confirms that Heston graduated in May of 2016.