Man charged with rape near OSU campus

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Students on The Ohio State University’s campus are in shock after a woman said she was raped this morning near campus.

Columbus Police said the incident happened on West 9th Avenue and High Street.

Some students said even though the rape happened off-campus, it still seemed a little too close for comfort.

The suspect, Darrell Rodgers, is in jail facing charges of rape, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery, according to court records.

Police said the victim is not affiliated with the university.

The area where the alleged rape happened is near off-campus housing.

OSU students just moving into their dorms and apartments Saturday said they are shocked and upset.

“That’s really scary,” said student Joanne Rhode. “I always felt campus has been really safe.”

“Yeah, that’s scary,” said freshman Sam Beddow. “It’s a very real thing for girls at college, especially now, but I think campus security is really good.”

Officials at the university did not wish to go on camera to address the issue. An OSU official did say earlier Saturday that OSU does not have a statement because the alleged rape happened off-campus. Anyone concerned about on-campus safety can check the OSU Public Safety website.

Rodgers will appear in court for arraignment on Monday.

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