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According to an Ohio State University Police report, a male staff member was arrested for sexual imposition at the Thompson Library on Nov. 10.

The arrestee, Jonathan Leidheiser-Stoddard, is a graduate teaching associate and a Ph.D candidate in the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department of the College of Arts and Sciences, according to OSU records.

The Lantern has contacted OSU, University Police and Leidheiser-Stoddard seeking more information, including Leidheiser-Stoddard’s current employment status.

Update Nov. 15, 4:12 p.m.: The current employment status of Leidheiser-Stoddard cannot be released to the public yet since he is a student employee and is protected by the Family Rights and Privacy Act, said university spokesman Ben Johnson.

Additionally, the university is unable to comment on the situation until the case is closed, said Dan Hedman, spokesman for OSU’s Office of Administration and Planning.

“Because this is an ongoing criminal case, and the individual is scheduled to appear in court, we cannot share additional details beyond what is listed (in the daily log),” Hedman said in an email.

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