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Kang arrested for assault

By Dave Watt

Thomas S. Kang '91 was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on July 20, in connection with a July 15 attack on a 21-year-old woman who attends Lesley College. Kang is free on $2000 bail, pending an Oct. 1 trial in Roxbury District Court.

The police report said that at approximately 2:30 am, a stocky Asian man attacked and seriously injured a woman in a bathroom at the Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity house in Boston. According to the police report, "The suspect . . . placed the victim's head in his hands and repeatedly bounced or slammed the victim's head on the bathroom sink and wall." The victim's condition is unknown.

According to the incident report, the woman did not know the attacker before the assault.

It added that the assailant "attacked [the] victim with no apparent motive."

Two brothers of Fiji, Marc A. Indeglia '92 and Christopher B. Glenn '93, were listed on the incident report as witnesses to the assault. Indeglia declined comment because of the upcoming trial, while Glenn was unavailable for comment.

Joseph J. Berghammer '91, president of the Delta Upsilon fraternity where Kang is a brother, said that Kang has voluntarily decided not to live in the fraternity house this term, and will live off campus. He added that Kang will not be attending any social functions at any MIT independent living groups this term. Kang could not be reached for comment.

It was rumored that Kang would register for a full load of classes this term, in spite of the upcoming trial. However, he did not register for classes yesterday.

Previous charges

against Kang dropped

Charges were filed against Kang once before, in connection with an alleged assault. On Aug. 9, 1988, Maria Foppiano claimed that Kang had attacked her on the Harvard Bridge at about 2:30 am. The two of them struggled, and the woman slashed Kang in the throat with a razor. Kang required surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital for his injuries.

After his injury, Kang filed

a petition with the court charging that Foppiano, had deeply wounded his neck "without provocation of any kind." Foppiano was charged with possession of cocaine, and Kang was charged with kidnapping, assault, and attempted rape. On Oct. 13, 1988 all charges against Kang were dropped.

Kang ran for

UAP in March

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Kang is possibly best known for his candidacy for Undergraduate Association President last March. Ironically, MIT sexual harassment policy emerged as an issue in the campaign. During the UA candidates' debate, Kang's running mate Jon D. Strizzi '92 emphasized the importance of set guidelines and more student education concerning sexual harassment.

Kang and vice presidential candidate Jon D. Strizzi '92 ran a distant third in the campaign, finishing behind current UAP Manish Bapna '91 and UAVP Colleen M. Schwingel '92, and the team of David W. Hogg '92 and David M. Stern '91.