HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former University of Hawaii student who shared a dormitory with Joseph Uglietto said he's not surprised that the former football player is accused of sex assault and kidnapping.
The man asked that his name and identity be concealed because he still fears retaliation, even though it has been years since the two have had contact.
"In this apartment where we were in there's an upstairs part where there's stairs right behind the kitchen that lead to another bedroom up the stairs," the man said.
And that's where he says Joseph Uglietto lived during the 2012-2013 school year. Uglietto is now accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend about a month ago.
Court documents say Uglietto held a knife to the woman's neck -- and then tied her to a bed before sexually assaulting her.
"He would often talk about how he would take girls upstairs and have sexual relations with them and we could hear it, and he would brag about it."
Uglietto's attorney, Myles Breiner, said his client denied having such conversations with the dorm mate.
The former dorm mate also described Uglietto as an angry person. "Made threats toward my personal life, got in my face a couple of times, and eventually I couldn't live with that."
The man says he hasn't had any contact with Uglietto since they parted ways in 2013 -- and he doesn't know the victim. But he recalled his own experience after Uglietto was arrested.
"I'm not surprised at all," he said. "Like I actually wish this would have happened sooner, and I feel bad for the victim in the sense that it got to this extreme, where something had to be taken care of."
The 24 year old has already served five days in jail for violating the same woman's restraining order 20 times. On Thursday, a judge denied his request to reduce his $500,000.
Uglietto's former dorm mate says he could step out of the shadows, "If you need someone to testify about his character, I'm more than willing to help."
Breiner contends the man is trying to present himself as a material witness, but has nothing to do with the sex assault case.