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Thursday, July 07, 2022

Student charged with sexual battery

A UF student was arrested and charged Monday with sexual battery of an 18-year-old female student.

John James Petracco, a 19-year-old resident of the Springs Residential Complex on UF's campus, allegedly sexually assaulted the student early Oct. 17, according to an arrest report.

UPD Capt. Jeff Holcomb said Petracco was transported to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office jail.

UPD Criminal Investigations Division handed over the open investigation to the state attorney's office, Holcomb said.

Alachua County jail records said Petracco was released at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Jail and circuit court records said that Petracco's bond, which was set at ,50,000, was paid by Roundtree Bonding, a local agency.

A GPS unit, or Global Positioning System, had to be attached to Petracco within 48 hours of release, circuit-court records stated.

A curfew was also set to prevent Petracco from being out from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., except for work or school purposes, records said.

The records also said that Petracco is not allowed to possess or use alcohol or illegal drugs.

The woman reported the incident around 11 a.m. Friday to the UPD Criminal Investigations Division, the arrest report stated.

The investigation was opened Friday.

The woman identified Petracco from his Florida driver's license photograph, the report stated.

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The woman attended a function with Petracco, who she said was her friend, on the evening of Oct. 16, the report stated.

The woman said she drank alcohol and became intoxicated.

Around 2 a.m., the woman left the function with Petracco and said she was going to "attempt to walk to her dormitory," the report said. Petracco told the woman that she could stay in his dorm room, the report stated.

The woman said she had known Petracco for four years and did not think it was a "big deal" to stay with him.

The woman said she and Petracco were not involved in a sexual relationship, the report said.

Steve Orlando, UF spokesman, said he could not confirm by press time if any letters or e-mails are being sent to UF students about the alleged sexual battery on campus.

Orlando could also not confirm by press time if students living in Springs Residential Complex were notified of the incident.

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