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President of Temple University's Suspended Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity Charged With Attempted Rape

Ari Goldstein's arrest comes less than a month after Temple police issued a bulletin saying they had received "multiple credible reports" of various alleged crimes at Alpha Epsilon Pi events.

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    Fraternity President Charged With Attempted Rape

    Ari Goldstein posted 10% of his $2 million bail on Thursday after being charged with attempted rape and other crimes. Meanwhile, Temple students say rumors about that fraternity have been swirling for months.

    (Published Thursday, May 17, 2018)

    The president of Temple University's suspended Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity was arrested Tuesday after being accused of attempted rape.

    Ari Goldstein, 21, of Wrightstown, Pennsylvania, is charged with attempted rape, attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, intimidation, attempted sexual assault, indecent assault, simple assault, unlawful restraint and false imprisonment.

    He was arraigned Wednesday and is being held on $2 million bail.

    Goldstein's arrest comes less than a month after Temple police issued a bulletin saying they had received "multiple credible reports" of various alleged crimes at Alpha Epsilon Pi events. The alleged acts reported included sexual misconduct, sexual assault, drug use and underage drinking.

    Temple Suspends Fraternity Amid Assault Investigation

    [NATL-PHI] Temple Suspends Fraternity Amid Assault Investigation

    The Temple University chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi is suspended as police investigate a series of alleged sexual assaults at fraternity social events.

    (Published Friday, April 20, 2018)

    Alpha Epsilon Pi has a house directly off Temple's campus at Broad and Norris streets in North Philadelphia.

    Capt. Mark Burgman, head of the Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims Unit, said three victims came forward in April reporting they were sexually assaulted. Two of the victims are 19-year-old Temple students, Burgman said.

    The first incident happened in February at the fraternity house. Burgman said that case was referred to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office on Friday.

    In the second incident, which happened in March, a female student said she attended a party and was given several drinks. She blacked out and later awoke in bed with one of the fraternity members, according to Burgman.

    A third victim came forward to Temple police in April. Burgman said he didn't have details about that incident at the time.

    Investigators have not yet revealed if Goldstein was involved in all three incidents.

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    In a statement posted to the chapter's Instagram page on April 1, the chapter said members are "appalled by these allegations" and vowed to cooperate with the investigation.

    "Let us make this 100% clear: we have absolutely no knowledge of the actions alleged about our chapter. If we determine that one of our members is responsible — or even has knowledge of who internally or externally is responsible — we will deal with them to the full extent of our powers," the statement read in part.

    The national fraternity said that it stopped all activities at the chapter.

    "We are aware of the rumors and the nature of the investigation by Temple University Police and the local authorities and continue to cooperate fully with both," fraternity spokesman Jonathan Pierce said in a statement.

    "The University has asked us not to conduct our own investigation and, to date, we have received no other official notice from the University. We are, obviously, very concerned about these allegations as they have no place in Alpha Epsilon Pi."

    Temple police assigned additional patrols to the area around the fraternity house. A Temple University spokesman declined comment on the investigation.

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    The Alpha Pi chapter of the fraternity was chartered at Temple in 1956, according to the fraternity's website. The fraternity's mission is to "develop the future leaders of the world’s Jewish communities."

    Alpha Epsilon Pi's suspension at Temple comes on the heels of a high-profile suspension of a different fraternity at Syracuse University. The Theta Tau fraternity was sidelined after a video surfaced from an alleged chapter event that featured racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic statements and actions.