Student reports inappropriate touching near Walter Stiern Library


The alleged inappropriate touching occurred near the Student Affairs Office and the Walter Stiern Library Monday, August 29. Photo by Javier Valdes/The Runner

Chris Mateo

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to clarify the nature of the incident. The University Police Department is still investigating whether this case is sexual misconduct or sexual assault.

Senior Staff Reporter


A 24-year-old female CSU Bakersfield student said someone touched her inappropriately  near the CSUB Student Affairs Office on Monday, Aug. 29 around 3:30 p.m.

She said a thin, white man who looked to be in his mid-20s touched at least two other women by grabbing and brushing against them inappropriately.

The victims said that she was standing near the Sachiko “Mini” Miki statue by the Student Affairs Office when the man approached her. The Runner does not publish the name’s of the victim in order to protect her identity.

“I was on the phone and I made eye contact and he came up and I thought he was going to shake my hand but then missed my hand and touched my butt,” said the victim.

According to the victim a woman and two men approached her after the incident and they asked her if she was touched.

The woman that approached the anonymous victim said the alleged perpetrator did the same thing to her.

The victim described the suspected offender as wearing a black shirt with red writing on the back and wearing blue jeans.

The victim at first was confused as to what was happening to her.

“I had no idea until others approached,” she said.

She said she was unsure if he was trying to steal her purse or her phone.

According to the victim, Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities Rubicelia Alvarez stepped out of her office to stay with the victim until University Police showed up.

Alvarez did not reveal any details about the incident as she wanted to respect the privacy of the victim and decided not to comment on the situation.

“My conversation with her would be confidential so you would go off of the information [the victim] has consented to share,” said Alvarez.

The incident was reported to UPD.

The victim said she was unsure whether to report the incident and did not think that the perpetrator deserves jail, but he may need help because he might have a mental disorder.

The victim did not realize what she experienced until she saw the third victim approached by the same man and touching her in a similar manner

“Imagine if this happened at night,” said the victim.

UPD has not released any information about these incidents and said that they are still hashing out details.

As of the time of the publication, it is not known if the culprit has been apprehended.

We will have more information on these incidents as soon as it is available.