TAMPA, Fla. -- A computer engineering student at the University of South Florida was held without bond today on a charge of strangling a secretary in a classroom rape seen by two other students who assumed it was 'some afternoon whoopee.'
Robert Acampora, 28, was arrested Saturday night and charged with sexual battery and first-degree murder in the death of Virginia Bulger.
The body of the 50-year-old secretary was found inside a fourth-floor classroom at South Florida's Cooper Hall Friday after she failed to return to her office for lunch.
Co-workers said she often brought her lunch and a book and went to an empty classroom on her lunch break.
Acampora's name surfaced in the investigation when four other engineering students read of the murder and remembered seeing him in the locked room with the woman.
Robert L. Wells, 36, an undergraduate student, said fellow student Ira Needleman, 34, tried to open the door to the room Friday but it was locked. He said Needleman glanced casually through a small window and saw a man and woman he assumed were having 'some afternoon whoopee.'
Wells said he followed Needleman's glance and interpreted the scene the same way and they went on to another room.
'None of us suspected that we had witnessed anything other than a little risque sex,' Wells said Sunday.
Acampora was questioned at his home in Hudson and then returned to the university, where he was questioned for several more hours before he was charged. According to an arrest affidavit, Acampora admitted the murder.