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Crime Brief: Sex crime reported at Thompson Library

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An 18-year-old female student reported gross sexual imposition and unlawful restraint at the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library this week.

University Police Deputy Chief Richard Morman said in an email the incident was reported Monday but occurred Oct. 2 between 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. The incident was originally reported as kidnapping but was changed to gross sexual imposition and unlawful restraint during the report review process.

“This was not a situation where someone was forcibly removed from one location to another,” Morman said.

The female student and the suspect were acquainted, Morman said, adding the case is still under investigation.

Ohio law defines gross sexual imposition as sexual contact in which the offender purposely compels the victim to submit by force or threat of force, the offender impairs the judgment or control of the victim or knows the victim to be impaired, the victim is less than 13 years old, or the ability of the victim to resist or consent is impaired because of a mental or physical condition or advanced age.

There were 17 thefts reported on Ohio State’s campus from Oct. 23 to Wednesday. Of these, four were thefts of bicycles and one was an auto theft.

In addition, there were 15 reports of open container violations Saturday between 11:45 a.m. and about 7:30 p.m., resulting in 34 citations issued to individuals between the ages of 19 and 60.

In another alcohol-related incident, a 20-year-old male student was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol near Woody Hayes Drive and Fyffe Road Saturday at 3:45 a.m.

There were also three reports of criminal damaging this week.

A male staff member reported criminal damaging at Park-Stradley Hall Saturday at about 1 a.m.

That same morning, a male student reported criminal damaging near Hagerty Drive at about 3 a.m.

A male student reported criminal damaging at Smith-Steeb Hall Sunday at about 10:30 p.m.

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