Former Temple AEPi Fraternity President Arrested for Attempted Rape

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Ari Goldstein | Photo provided

Ari Goldstein of Wrightstown, the former president of Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) at Temple University, was arrested May 15 and charged with attempted rape, attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, intimidation, attempted sexual assault, indecent assault, simple assault, unlawful restraint and false imprisonment.

Goldstein, 21, was taken into custody in reference to an incident that occurred on Feb. 25 on the 2000 block of North Broad Street.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office set his bail at $2 million. Goldstein posted bail on May 17.


Temple announced on April 20 that it was suspending its AEPi chapter in the wake of several allegations against the fraternity, including sexual assault. At the time, Jonathan Pierce, a past international president of Alpha Epsilon Pi International Fraternity and the fraternity’s media spokesman, noted that, for three weeks, all activities for the organization had been suspended and that no non-members were allowed in the fraternity house pending the outcome of investigations.

An article from The Temple News said Philadelphia police began an investigation on April 17 after two 19-year-old women said they had been sexually assaulted by AEPi members. The university began investigating the fraternity on March 30.

Ray Betzner, chief university spokesman for Temple University, said the university continued to be involved with police on the investigation.

This is a developing story.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Why is it OK and expected these days to defame someone before a trial, while maintaining the accusers anonymity?
    I am a female, by the way.

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