Former UMass student acquitted of rape charge

NORTHAMPTON — A former University of Massachusetts student has been acquitted of charges that he raped a fellow student in his Amherst dormitory room.

Weiland Wang, 19, was cleared by a Hampshire Superior Court jury Wednesday of rape and three counts of indecent assault and battery.


Prosecutors said Wang raped the woman, who was his friend, after she came to his room to study in February 2013. Both are originally from China. Wang told police he had attempted to sexually assault the woman. But on the stand in his own defense, Wang said he did that to protect her honor, because she had a boyfriend in China and it is shameful in their culture for a woman to date two men at once.

Wang’s lawyer said his client is ‘‘elated and relieved.’’

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