Berkshire DA Office secures rape conviction of former Williams College student
Pittsfield – Former Williams College student Yoonsang Bae was found guilty by Judge Michael Callan Friday (Sept.6) on a single count of rape relating to an on-campus incident in 2014.
The 27-year-old Bae will be sentenced on Friday, September 13.
The victim, who was 19 at the time, testified that after attending an event with Bae, she returned to his room for a drink. She then got sick from the alcohol and Bae placed her in his bed where she passed out. When she awoke, Bae was raping her. He refused to stop despite her protests. The two were both Williams College students at the time.
She reported the rape to New York authorities, contacted the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, and underwent a sexual assault examination at a hospital in New York. Williams College investigated the incident and suspended Bae for two years. The Williamstown Police Department conducted a criminal investigation.
Of the case District Attorney Andrea Harrington commented, “I want to thank the victim in this case for her strength and courage. She is a hero for coming forward and sharing her story. My office will not plea rape charges down to lesser offenses when we have victims who wish to go to trial.
“When I took office in January, my first priority was to seek justice for victims by aggressively prosecuting violent crime. This is what being tough on crime should look like.”
Bae was indicted on a single count of rape on August 9, 2017. Bae had been offered an agreement by the prior administration which would have allowed him to plead to the lesser charge of indecent assault and battery and that the case would have been continued without a finding of guilt. Bae did not accept the plea agreement.
After taking office, Harrington did not extend any plea bargains and opted to pursue the rape charge instead, culminating in today’s guilty verdict.
The case was prosecuted by Stephanie Ilberg.