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Judge sets bond for former CofC fraternity brothers accused in sexual assault case

James F. West III (Source: CCSO) James F. West III (Source: CCSO)
Timothy Eli Seppi (Source: CCSO) Timothy Eli Seppi (Source: CCSO)

A judge set bond Thursday for two men charged in a sexual assault at a College of Charleston fraternity house. 

James Fashawn West III faces a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge while Timothy Eli Seppi has been charged with second-degree assault and battery. 

A bond court judge set West's bail at $75,000 and Seppi's at $40,000 at a Thursday afternoon hearing, several hours after the two men turned themselves in to authorities.

West was previously charged in September for engaging a child for sexual performance, Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said. He was released on a $15,000 surety bond, according to court records.

Seppi was originally arrested on Aug. 28 for possession of cocaine and simple possession of marijuana and was arrested on Sept. 2 for first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, court records indicate.

According to a lawsuit filed by a female college student, the incident occurred at beginning of the school year "Bid Day" party hosted by the now defunct Chi Omicron chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.

Police say the then-17-year-old was attending a party when she was approached by fraternity brothers James West III and Timothy Eli Seppi. The affidavit states Seppi and West encouraged the victim to go inside the residence and then forced her to walk upstairs to a bedroom where she was forced to perform sex acts on West and take illegal drugs.

A rape kit confirmed a saliva sample taken from West matched DNA from the victim’s underwear, an affidavit states. Police say detectives also found several photographs of the incident on Seppi’s cell phone, as well as text messages.

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