NYU student accused of setting classmate's clothing on fire

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Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:11 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York University says it erred in not immediately reporting accusations that a student set a classmate on fire, then recorded her putting out the flames.

Jaime Castano was arraigned Tuesday on assault and reckless endangerment charges. His lawyer didn't return a call seeking comment.

The incident occurred at his NYU dorm in August.

NYU said Wednesday the delay in reporting the incident to authorities stemmed from its practice to give deference to a victim's wishes to involve police. The university is investigating the delay.

Castano was expelled in September.

Court papers say Castano's cellphone video showed the 19-year-old victim asleep with flames on her clothing.

The 20-year-old Castano was ordered held on $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash bail.

The victim suffered burns to her torso.