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A former Stockton University student named in two civil suits alleging sexual assault was indicted Thursday by an Atlantic County Grand Jury.

Zachary Madle, 25, of Wildwood was indicted on one count of aggravated criminal sexual contact and two counts of invasion of privacy, according to First Assistant Prosecutor Cary Shill.

Madle’s attorney, Kurt Whitbet Krauss, could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Madle is also a defendant in two federal civil lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Camden. Seven lawsuits have been filed against former students and Stockton University alleging the university has failed to protect its students from sexual assaults and harassment.

Madle allegedly recorded a video without consent of the inappropriate touching of a female victim and posted the video on Snapchat, according to Shill, who announced the indictments in a news release.

The Stockton University Police Department and Galloway Township Police Department assisted in the investigation, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

A petition was started in July on to have the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office pursue charges against Madle.

The first lawsuit, filed by Robert Fuggi on July 6 on behalf of victim M.R., claimed that Madle used the social media application Snapchat to post naked photos of the defendant during an assault in 2017.

In a second lawsuit, also filed by Fuggi on July 13, victim K.S. alleged that on Oct. 20, 2017, at a party at the outlawed fraternity Pi Kappa Phi’s house in Egg Harbor City, Madle pulled her into a bedroom, began to hit, bite and choke her and forced her to have sex.

Fuggi said Thursday he believes filing the charges was the right thing to do.

“I had suggested over the summer when I interviewed the victim and saw the video and saw overwhelming evidence that it was obvious that sexual assault took place on video. I’m glad they re-evaluated the case, and those are sufficient charges and they are appropriate,” Fuggi said. “My client is relieved that they took her allegations seriously, and this is the appropriate and right thing to do legally.”

Fuggi had previously criticized the investigation after Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner in August revealed two potential conflicts of interest to the investigation. The potential conflicts included Tyner, whose wife was a Stockton employee and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Buckley, head of the prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit, who is the daughter of Stockton President Harvey Kesselman.

Shill and an assistant prosecutor were assigned to the case to avoid any potential issues, and a subsequent review by the Attorney General’s Office found no direct conflict of interest.

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