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Alleged rapist goes to court

The case against Rodney Syndor, a 21-year-old Bronx man charged with third-degree rape of a St. John’s University freshman, has been adjourned for the third time.

The defendant appeared in Queens County Criminal Court before Judge Pauline Mullings on Nov. 17, his third appearance since being arrested on Sept. 30. At his most recent appearance, however, Syndor appeared with a new attorney, Christopher Renfroe. Renfroe replaces Glenda Callendar of Queens.

Although Renfroe told Judge Mullings that a deal had been offered to his client by the District Attorney’s office, Renfroe requested a continuance because he was unfamiliar with the case.

A temporary order of protection has been issued ordering Syndor to stay away from, and have no contact with, the victim.

Syndor has been free on $10,000 bail for the duration of the case.

He was arraigned on Oct. 1 in front of Judge Robert Raciti. Syndor was back in court Oct. 14, appearing once again before Judge Raciti. Both times, the case was adjourned.

Syndor is accused of raping a St. John’s student early Sept. 29 while she slept. He gained entry to the young woman’s room in DaSilva Hall when he arrived with three other men, one of whom had been invited by the victim.

The victim had fallen asleep and awoke to find the assailant on top of her, allegedly forcing her into a sexual act.

The victim was later taken to a local hospital where she was treated and subsequently released.

Syndor is scheduled to appear in court again on Dec. 19.

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