Charleston Southern baseball player accused of raping woman at his apartment

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston Southern baseball player has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual assault.

Nik Constantakos allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at his off-campus apartment in early March.

A bond court judge gave Constantakos a PR bond of $50,000, which means he won't have to pay any money to get out of jail.

"The university has already begun an investigation and is not at liberty to discuss the situation," CSU spokeswoman Jenna Johnson said.

The alleged rape occurred in the early morning hours of March 6 when Constantakos and the victim were out drinking with friends when Constantakos got drunk, according to the affidavit.

He walked the victim back to his apartment. Once inside, Constantakos locked the door and immediately began kissing her, the affidavit stated. The victim then stated that he attacked her neck before pulling her into the bedroom where the victim stated he held her down and raped her, according to the affidavit.

Constantakos' accuser spoke in bond court Wednesday morning.

"I'm not angry with this situation, I do not have any hate, but I have come forward with because I believe it's in my best interest as well as everyone else," she told the judge. "I kind of looked at him as brother figure so that kind of makes this even harder to cope with."

"I just want everyone to know that I'm okay and I just want to see this through," she added.

Supporters of Constantakos came from three states.

His attorney asked them to stand up in court.

"We have a young man's future at risk here for what we consider nothing but baseless accusations," attorney David Aylor said. "We look forward to moving forward in the case as a whole. We hope everyone is packing a lunch because we're not going anywhere anytime soon."

Constantakos is a sophomore pitcher for the Buccaneers, according to his CSU bio.  

He last started a game for the team on March 16. He was 2-3 this season with a 4.88 ERA in 24 innings pitched.

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