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Student cleared of sex assault uses court photo on Tinder

  • Nicholas Ralston was found not guilty Wednesday of third-degree sexual assault
  • He was charged in 2015 after victim reported he initiated non-consensual oral sex with her while she was sleeping with boyfriend in his UW-Madison dorm  
  • Last week, photographer Gina Heeb, snapped photo of Ralston in court 
  • Heeb tweeted earlier this week that Ralston is using photo for Tinder profile 

By Dailymail.com Reporter

Published: 00:08 EDT, 5 August 2017 | Updated: 00:55 EDT, 5 August 2017

A former UW-Madison student who was cleared of sexual assault decided to use a photo himself that was snapped by a photographer in court as his Tinder profile picture.

Nicholas Ralston, 21, was expelled from the university in 2015, after the victim reported he initiated non-consensual oral sex with her while she was sleeping with her boyfriend in his dorm room, according to The Daily Cardinal. 

Last week, Ralston was found not guilty of third-degree sexual assault charge after a two-day trial in Dane County Circuit Court.

Nicholas Ralston, 21, a former UW-Madison student who was cleared of sexual assault, decided to use a photo himself that was snapped by a photographer in court as his Tinder profile picture (pictured) 
Nicholas Ralston, 21, a former UW-Madison student who was cleared of sexual assault, decided to use a photo himself that was snapped by a photographer in court as his Tinder profile picture (pictured) 

Nicholas Ralston, 21, a former UW-Madison student who was cleared of sexual assault, decided to use a photo himself that was snapped by a photographer in court as his Tinder profile picture (pictured) 

During his trial last week, photographer Gina Heeb, snapped a photo of him walking into the court room (above). Heeb tweeted on Sunday that it appeared Ralston seemed 'to be using the photo on Tinder'. She said his Tinder account was 'verified'
During his trial last week, photographer Gina Heeb, snapped a photo of him walking into the court room (above). Heeb tweeted on Sunday that it appeared Ralston seemed 'to be using the photo on Tinder'. She said his Tinder account was 'verified'

During his trial last week, photographer Gina Heeb, snapped a photo of him walking into the court room (above). Heeb tweeted on Sunday that it appeared Ralston seemed 'to be using the photo on Tinder'. She said his Tinder account was 'verified'

During the trial, photographer Gina Heeb, snapped a photo of him walking into the court room with his hands shoved into his pockets.

Heeb tweeted on Sunday that it appeared Ralston seemed 'to be using the photo on Tinder'.

She told the Cardinal that Ralston's Tinder account was 'verified'.

'The trial outcome received a lot of backlash last week, so it's not surprising the news isn't sitting well with the public,' she added. 

Ralston's Tinder profile says he's 'just looking to have kids and parent trap them'.

'Looking for a partner that is willing to split up as soon as our kids are born,' the profile says.  

Ralston (pictured) reportedly told police the next day, he did not remember assaulting the victim, but if she said he did then it 'must be true'
Ralston (pictured) reportedly told police the next day, he did not remember assaulting the victim, but if she said he did then it 'must be true'

Ralston (pictured) reportedly told police the next day, he did not remember assaulting the victim, but if she said he did then it 'must be true'

Ralston was acquitted after the defense claimed he only admitted to the assault because the victim convinced him it happened.

According to the defense, there was also a lack of physical evidence, and the possibility that the victim thought Ralston was her boyfriend because she was drunk and couldn't 'coherently piece together' the evening.

The victim and her boyfriend fell asleep on a futon in the dorm room after returning from a party around 1am, according to the Cardinal. 

She reportedly woke up around 3am to find Ralston 'putting his penis in her mouth,' the complaint stated. 

Ralston also placed the victim's hand on his penis during the assault, which she testified lasted between five and 10 minutes. 

He reportedly told police the next day, that he did not remember assaulting the victim, but if she said he did then it 'must be true'.

But the defense said Ralston only made the admission to the assault because the victim convinced him it happened, according to the Cardinal.

'Nick trusted [the victim] and believed her,' said attorney Adam Welch. 'That's not a confession. It's good character.' 

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