A split verdict in sexual assault trial against former Temple University frat president

Kristen Johanson
February 18, 2020 - 12:45 pm
Defense lawyer Perry de Marco, Sr and Ari Goldstein outside the Criminal Justice Center

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UPDATED: 3:25 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The jury has a split verdict in the sexual assault case of a former Temple University fraternity president.

Ari Goldstein dropped his head, shaking it as the foreman read he was guilty of three attempted sexual assault charges.

One of the accusers smiled and gripped the hand of another as they listened on, but the dynamic changed when that accuser heard he was not guilty of the sexual assault charges. 

"There was a prior sexual relationship with the case that we won, and I am sure the jury worked hard," said defense attorney Perry Demarco Sr., who represented Goldstein.

He says they will appeal.

"We were prevented from putting on evidence by the law and by other means that would have blown the case for many reasons right out of the water. Right out of the water," he said. 

He also says he’s crushed by the verdict. 

"They always talk about the responsibilities of the man but never about the responsibility of the victim to not put yourself in a dangerous position," he added. 

Prosecutor Zach Wynkoop says he’s partially disappointed but respects the jury’s decision.

"I think it sends a message," Wynkoop said. 

The 23-year-old was led away in handcuffs, in custody on a motion by prosecutors, who said he is a violent offender and that he has means to leave the country. 

Goldstein is in prison until his sentencing in May, and he faces up to four years in prison.


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