Wednesday September 26, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Brooklyn, N.Y., man charged with the sexual assault of another man at a local college in 2010 is free on personal recognizance following his arraignment on Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court.

Nathaniel E. Buckholz, 22, of Columbia Heights, pleaded not guilty to a single count of rape before Judge John A. Agostini.

Buckholz allegedly sexually assaulted a 20-year-old man at Williams College in Williamstown on Nov. 14, 2010.

"Mr. Buckholz vigorously disputes the allegations," said Northampton-based attorney David P. Hoose.

The attorney pointed out that the complaining witness came forward with the allegations nearly two years after the alleged crime was committed.

The Williamstown Police Department, the investigating agency, did not immediately return a call.

Agostini released Buckholz on personal recognizance on the condition he have no contact with the alleged victim.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory M. Barry.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for March 27.