Student Jailed On Sex Assault Charge Freed After Judge Deems Him ‘High Achieving’

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Written by Dana Sanchez

A University of Florida senior jailed on sexual assault charges and held on a $125,000 bond was released after a judge agreed with the 21-year-old’s attorney that the student “high-achieving.”

Ian Milaski, a resident hall assistant, was arrested on Aug. 29, after a female student called university police and accused Milaski of forcibly kissing her, pinning her onto his bed and attempting to put his fingers inside her, HuffPost reported.

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Ian Milaski. Photo: The Aligator, the student newspaper of the University of Florida

“White privilege has swooped in and saved another undeserving soul,” Chelsea Burwell reported for Blavity.

According to the arrest report, the victim told police that Milaski called her at 1:50 a.m. on Aug. 25 to say he was drunk and needed help. He asked her to bring him water. She met him and walked him back to his room in a residence hall next to hers.

Later, Milaski went to her dorm and tried lying next to her again until another person stopped him, according to The Aligator, the University of Florida student newspaper.

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Milaski was jailed on charges of battery and false imprisonment with bond set at $125,000. A judge later ordered him released on his own recognizance, agreeing with an emergency defense motion that described Milaski as a high-achieving student slated to graduate in May 2020 with a double major, and who performed more than 210 hours of community service in the last two years.

Milaski is a teaching assistant who manages 40 other teaching assistants, the Aligator reported. In the motion, the attorney also cited the Hurricane Dorian, which at the time was expected to hit the student’s South Florida hometown. If the judge waived or reduced the $125,000 bond, Milaski planned to help his parents with storm preparation, according to court documents.

Milaski’s bail motion explained the incident as a “misunderstanding among platonic friends fueled by alcohol,” the Alligator reported. 

It worked.

A Facebook profile with the same name as the female student posted about the incident: “I do not want this incident to be swept under the rug! I will continue to fight this and I will continue to fight him until the very end,” the post said, according to The Aligator.

Milaski was ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device, have no contact with the victim and stay away from Alachua and Sarasota counties except for court appearances and to attend “necessary events” at the University of Florida.

In 2016, Brock Turner made national news for all the wrong reasons. The Stanford University swimmer was charged with sexual assault after two passersby pulled him off of an unconscious woman. He served three months for an offense that could have carried a 14-year prison term.