A former University of Central Arkansas student admitted on Friday that he was guilty of sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend on campus in February 2017.
Tristan Allan Susoeff, 21, of Benton was first charged with one count of rape in March 2017. The case was set to go to trial before a Faulkner County jury on Monday. However, the Benton man instead pleaded guilty in a negotiated plea Friday afternoon.
Two of Susoeff’s family members watched in the crowd as he sat at the front of the courtroom and pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual assault, a Class B felony.
The victim in the matter sat in the pews closest to the prosecutors’ bench as she watched her ex-boyfriend admit he was in the wrong the day he showed up to her UCA dorm room.
Online records show that a Short-Denney Hall resident called the UCA Police Department around 2 p.m. Feb. 2, 2017, saying she was sexually assaulted by Susoeff. According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim had forgotten she told Susoeff he could come over and that she was “sleeping naked” when he arrived. She put on a robe before allowing Susoeff into her room, she said.
Susoeff, who was 19 years old at the time, brought his ex-girlfriend breakfast and “the two of them sat on her bed and talked as she ate” before “Susoeff pinned her to the bed and they began wrestling,” the affidavit reads.
The victim told police Susoeff “already knew his boundaries and that she did not want anything sexual with him.”
The two began wrestling after Susoeff pinned her down on the bed. The affidavit states that “at one point [the victim] tried to knee him in the genitals to get him to stop.”
When Susoeff attempted to grab the victim around the chest she “smacked” him, according to the affidavit.
She told police Susoeff touched her inappropriately with his hands and that she did not want to press charges against him.
She told UCAPD officers “that she did not want to press criminal charges and that she wanted a ‘restraining order,’” according to the affidavit.
When questioned at UCAPD, Susoeff admitted to “losing control of himself sexually” and “admitted to having non-consensual sex with [the victim] for approximately one minute,” the affidavit states.
After pleading guilty Friday to the felony charge, the Benton man was ordered to serve 60 days in the Faulkner County Detention Center. Susoeff was also placed on felony probation for five years and must pay a $1,000 fine.
Carol Crews, 20th Judicial District prosecutor, told court officials that the victim helped determine what Susoeff’s punishment would be.
“The victim was involved in and agrees with this plea,” she said Friday afternoon.