UPD releases details of sexual assault incident

Esteban Ramirez

Editor-in-Chief

 

A campus safety bulletin was just sent out to students in their school email with information of the sexual assault, which happened in the Walter Stiern Library, and description of the culprit.

According to the bulletin sent out to students’ school email, on Friday at approximately 2:45 p.m., a CSUB student was studying in a room inside the library when she was approached by a male portraying himself as a kinesiology student.

The male asked for the student’s help with his physical therapy work and asked if she would allow him to practice on her. He proceeded to conduct stretching exercises on the student; however, during the course of the contact, the male attempted to touch the student in a manner beyond what she had consented.  The student confronted the male about the inappropriate touching at which point he left the area.

The campus safety bulletin about this incident was sent out yesterday by University Police Chief Marty Williamson to CSUB students, but according to Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Information Technology Services Faust Gorham, students couldn’t receive the attachment with the bulletin because Office 365 does not allow for students to receive attachments. Therefore, Gorham sent out the bulletin today around noon and added they will be removing this limitation.

According to the description from the bulletin, the suspect is described as a dark-skinned Hispanic male in his early 20s.  The suspect had dark, brown eyes, long hair which was gelled down, a medium build, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and no facial hair.

He was last seen wearing a black, red and green plaid-patterned shirt with dark wash jeans.

Last month, on April 7, there was another incident in Student Housing East. Student housing sent out an email to its residents on April 8 in regards to the incident.

“We want to keep you informed of safety concerns in your community and encourage you to be proactive in being aware and conscious about safety in student housing. Last night, a female housing student was grabbed by a male housing student. Due to the cooperation of our residents, our staff and University Police, the male student in question was in police custody within hours.”

The email continued to state the suspect was apprehended quickly after the incident and added in order to help student housing’s community to be safer that residents remember to not prop doors that should remain locked, to be aware of surroundings and to report any suspicious behavior to staff and University Police.

No other information has been released by UPD on this incident.

University Police asks if anyone has any information regarding incidents similar to these, to contact University Police at 661-654-2111.  Students can also report information anonymously by calling 661-654-INFO (4636).