The Runner Staff
University Police Department officers have located the subject that inappropriately touched at least two students yesterday.
The perpetrator was found near Dorothy Donahoe Hall and is believed to have attempted to touch another student.
“At approximately 1:20 p.m. today, students reported a subject matching the same description north of DDH. UPD Officers arrived quickly and located the subject,” read a campus bulletin that CSU Bakersfield Chief of Police Marty Williamson sent out earlier today.
The bulletin noted that “based on the circumstances, UPD was unable to arrest the subject today,” but have banned him from campus under PC 626.
The campus bulletin did not identify what the specific circumstances were.
Under Penal Code 626.6 a person who is not a student, officer or employee of the university may be asked by the chief administrative officer to leave the campus if they are suspected of committing any act that is likely to interfere with the peaceful activities on campus.
“If that person fails to do so or if the person willfully and knowingly reenters upon the campus or facility within seven days after being directed to leave, he or she is guilty of a misdemeanor,” according to PC 626.6
The bulletin described the suspect as a Hispanic male, 5 foot 10 inches, 160 pounds, black hat and shorts with tattoos on both legs.
“All cases will be sent to the District Attorney for their review,” read the bulletin.
UPD began its search for the subject after two students reported inappropriate touching on Monday, Aug. 29 around 3 p.m.
According to Williamson, the incident is not classified as a sexual assault but rather unlawful touching since there was no suspected violence involved.
Unlawful touching does constitute a form of harassment, therefore, if one experiences or sees it happening it is crucial to report it to UPD at 654-2111.
CSUB’s counseling center offers no-cost confidential counseling for students that have fallen victim to harassment and don’t know what to do and where to go.
Additional resources include Campus Advocate and Education Coordinator Vanessa Corona located in Rohan Hall 102 and Assistant to the President for Equity, Inclusion and Compliance Title IX Coordinator Claudia Catota located in the Office of the President.