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2 reported sexual assaults off-campus spur public safety notice

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A public safety notice has been issued after two sexual assaults were reported off campus in separate incidents.

The notice is the fourth issued this year for a sexual assault-related incident.

The female student who was allegedly assaulted reported the incident to University Police on Sunday. She said she had been sexually assaulted around East 12th Avenue and North Pearl Street on Saturday night at about 10 p.m.

She described the suspects as two white men, ages 18-20, standing at about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing between 200-250 pounds, according to the notice. She also said they were wearing dark shorts and tennis shoes.

In a separate incident, a woman not affiliated with the university reported a possible sexual assault to University Police at about 8:21 p.m. Saturday in the area of East 15th Avenue and North Pearl Street. The suspect was described as a white man, the notice said.

The notice said the Columbus Division of Police is investigating both incidents.

An earlier, separate public safety notice was issued Saturday after a female OSU student reported being raped in a South Campus residence hall. In that case, the woman reported the incident to University Police at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday. She said the incident had occurred between 4-4:30 a.m. that morning, according to the notice.“While these incidents occurred off-campus, they are similar enough in nature that they could present an ongoing threat,” the notice said.

The suspect in that case — who was described as a 22-23-year-old white man, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds — was invited into the dorm after meeting the woman earlier that evening, the notice said.

University Police Chief Paul Denton said in an email Saturday night there were no additional details.

A public safety notice was issued Sept. 15 after a rape was reported in a North Campus dorm. The suspect had been identified and escorted from university property before the notice was issued nearly a day after the incident.

Another public safety notice was issued in February about a rape that allegedly occurred Jan. 25 in a residence hall. That notice said recent information about the rape had caused police officers to believe there was a continuing threat.

Public safety notices are issued when crimes occur that are considered to be a concern or a continuing threat to the OSU community.

One comment

  1. 3 assaults this weekend and the 5 headlines running at the top of the Lantern’s page are athletics related.
    Great work, “journalists.”

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