Warning: This article contains graphic content relating to sexual assault.
First-year Santa Barbara City College student Peyton McDonald was arrested for four felony charges of sexual assault on Sept. 9 and is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 25.
The arrest occurred at Santa Barbara City College, in connection with a sexual assault that occurred Aug. 27 on UC Santa Barbara property.
McDonald was charged with four felony counts of sexual assault: rape by force, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and two counts of forcible oral copulation.
McDonald — represented by Catherine J. Swysen — filed his plea not guilty on all four charges on Sept. 13.
He is set to appear in court on Oct. 8 for a preliminary hearing setting conference — where the judge may adjust the defendant’s preliminary hearing date, ahead of his hearing on Oct. 25.
The Nexus will continue reporting on this investigation as more information becomes available.
A version of this article appeared on p. 4 of the Sept. 30, 2021 print edition of the Daily Nexus.