MAYS LANDING — A man accused of inappropriately touching a woman, recording the interaction without her consent and then posting the video to social media has pleaded not guilty in Atlantic County Superior Court.

Zachary Madle, 25, of Wildwood made his first post-indictment appearance Friday with his attorney, Steven P. Scheffler, who entered the plea and waived the reading of the charges.

Scheffler said Madle would be applying to pre-trial intervention, and a next court date was set by Judge Jeffrey J. Waldman for Dec. 20.

Madle, who stood silently while his attorney spoke, was indicted last month on one count of aggravated criminal sexual contact and two counts of invasion of privacy.

The charges are consistent with allegations made in one of two civil lawsuits filed in federal court in July that name Madle, Stockton University and Madle’s former fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, as defendants.

According to the first civil suit, the plaintiff, identified in the complaint as M.R., alleges Madle had come to her freshman dorm room around 12 a.m. on Feb. 15 where the two began drinking. The plaintiff believes Madle spiked her drink while she was in the bathroom and then raped her while she was unconscious. The lawsuit says Madle “posted videos of the sexual assault on his Snapchat account, which was available for 24 hours for the public to view.”

M.R. states in the suit that she saw three videos Madle posted, two of which she had a bra and underwear still on and a third where she was naked, and Stockton Police were called to launch an investigation.

M.R. states in the suit that she went to AltantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus where a rape kit was performed. She states that Madle’s DNA was found in a specimen retrieved from M.R.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office subsequently charged Madle with invasion of privacy, according to the suit, with a pre-indictment hearing on June 21.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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