Former student pleads guilty in dorm room incident
Zak Allan Brohinsky, 20, of Simsbury was one of three men accused of masturbating over a female student as she slept in a dorm room on Sept. 24, 2005.
He pleaded no contest to a single count of first-degree reckless endangerment and was sentenced to 75 days in prison.
Charges are still pending against Jared Skvirsky, 20, of Brookline, Mass., and Martin V. Piscottano , 19, of Somers.
Brohinsky couldn't be charged with sexual assault, because the law at the time required unwanted physical touching to take place. The state's new law redefines bodily fluids and excretions as body parts. It also says the sexual activity must have been intended for the assailant's gratification or to humiliate or degrade the victim.
"But for this extraordinary situation that came out of UConn, I don't think anybody would have ever thought we needed legislation such as this," state Sen. Andrew McDonald said when the legislation passed in April. "It is truly unique and quite disturbing. But now that we know of that possibility and that loophole, it was our responsibility to close it."
Brohinsky apologized Monday when entering his plea. He also agreed to cooperate with the state if the cases against the two remaining defendants go to trial. Brohinsky is the son of Scott Brohinsky , UConn's director of university relations.
"Sometimes good kids do some bad things, and I believe that's the case in this matter, that Zak has accepted responsibility," Scott Brohinsky said Monday. "I think he expressed profound remorse and he's committed himself to making amends. He hasn't wavered from that commitment. Those who know him are confident that he will not waver from that commitment."