Tulane guest lecturer arrested, booked for rape of student

Rafael Schincariol, a guest lecturer at Tulane, was arrested Thursday and booked on one count of third-degree rape of a Tulane graduate student.

Schincariol gave a lecture titled “Mobilizations of Youth, Artists and Collectives in Brazil” on Feb. 9 in Joseph Merrick Jones Hall. According to Claudia Bruce, a New Orleans Police Department sex crimes detective, Schincariol took the alleged victim and two other women out for drinks following the lecture.

Schincariol and the three women went to three bars on and near Frenchmen Street before Schincariol drove the others home while the woman lay in the back seat of the car.

The woman reported that her memory was hazy and that she remembered texting her live-in boyfriend that Schincariol was driving her home. The next thing she reported remembering was lying on the living room floor of her home and being penetrated by Schincariol and then her boyfriend screaming at her.

According to Bruce, the woman’s boyfriend came home at 6 a.m. to find his girlfriend “very dazed and intoxicated” while having sex with Schincariol.

The woman reported the incident to NOPD and underwent a rape examination. Police later listed the time of the alleged rape at 3 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 10.

Schincariol’s bail was set at $25,000, and a judge granted his lawyer’s request to allow him to leave the state.

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