Abughalib
Abughalib

A University of Colorado student has been arrested after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting and trying to strangle her in October.

Omar Mosaab Abughalib, 20, has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault by physical force, sexual intrusion by physical force, and second-degree assault.

According to an affidavit, Abughalib and a female friend were hanging out on Oct. 9 at her house after going to a few parties. The woman told police she and Abughalib had sex a few years before, but she did not have any romantic interest in him anymore and viewed him as a friend.

The woman said that while at her house, Abughalib began to touch her breasts, which she was initially OK with. But when she told him things could not go any further, she told police he sexually assaulted her.

Every time she said no or told him to stop, the woman said Abughalib would begin to choke her or slap her. The woman said she never lost consciousness, but "saw stars" at one point.

After that, the woman said Abughalib apologized and told her he was "thinking with the wrong head" and said that he "had a problem" before leaving.

The woman also said Abughalib sent her a message on Snapchat — an app in which communications are not saved — apologizing for "the way I acted last night and any pain that I may have caused you."

According to the affidavit, two other women said they had similar experiences with Abughalib slapping or choking them when they refused to have sex with him.


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Abughalib declined to speak with detectives when they reached out to him.

Boulder District Judge Norma Sierra signed a warrant for Abughalib's arrest on Nov. 6 and said that he would initially have "no bond due to (the) nature of (the) charges," according to the affidavit.

The sexual assault charges are subject to Colorado's indeterminate sentencing laws, which means Abughalib could face life in prison if convicted on those charges.

He is due for a formal filing of charges on Tuesday.

Abughalib has no prior criminal history in Colorado, according to state records. According to CU's online database, Abughalib is an integrative physiology major.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars