3 rapes reported at UCA in a month

Three rapes have been reported on the University of Central Arkansas campus in the past month, media partner KATV reported.

 

The most recent incident was reported to the UCA Police Department on Tuesday.

The UCAPD told KATV the victim said a fellow student sexually assaulted her around 6 a.m. Sunday at an apartment on campus.

The accused student’s name was not released as of Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier this month, a student reported she was sexually assaulted and a suspect — UCA student Emmanuel Otoo — was arrested but not charged.

Following the judge’s decision to not approve charges in that case, Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland released this statement: “Emmanuel Otoo was arrested by the UCA police department on an allegation of rape on August 9, 2016 and submitted paperwork to the court to have him detained. However, the information provided to the court contained insufficient evidence to justify detaining Mr. Otoo and the court released him from custody without charges.

“In response, the UCA Police Department submitted an investigative file to our office for a formal review. We are currently in the process of reviewing the evidence related to the allegations and at this time consider the matter an ongoing investigation.”

Authorities are still investigating a reported sexual assault from Aug. 23 outside of Mashburn Hall on UCA campus.

The suspect in that case was described as a black man with a muscular build, shoulder-length hair and tattoos on his arms and neck.

Anyone with information is asked to call the UCAPD Crimes Tips Hotline at (501) 450-5696 or send an email to crimetips@uca.edu.

(Assistant Managing Editor Jeanette Anderton can be reached by email at jeanette.anderton@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1212. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)

 

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