Ohio University issues fourth crime alert after reported rapes, assault

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ATHENS, OH (WLWT) — Police at Ohio University have issued a fourth crime alert related to sexual assault and rapes on campus since the start of classes.

Students at Ohio University have only been in class for a few weeks. Campus police said three rape crimes and one sexual assault crime have already been reported.

The most recent crime took place last week. Police said a woman was walking through Emerti Park on Sept. 19 between the pavilion and Clippinger Hall when a man sitting off to the side of the path grabbed her from behind. The victim said she elbowed him off of her bag, and he then grabbed her hand and buttocks.

The victim reported she struck the suspect in the head, used her pepper spray on him, and was able to leave the area.

The suspect is described as a college-aged white male, around 5 feet 8 inches tall, described as being “skinny,” with lighter-colored short facial hair, wearing a plain blue hooded sweatshirt with hood up and white basketball shorts.

Police said another alert the department received was an anonymous rape report from the hospital.

Police said a female victim told hospital staff that around 8 a.m., a man known to the victim began touching her without her consent. The victim told the suspect to stop, but he continued. The victim said the suspect used force to engage the victim in sexual conduct without consent.

Due to the anonymous nature of the complaint, police said they are unable to investigate further.

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